Starting on Monday - anyone want to be my buddy?

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SpanielFace Tue 02-Jul-13 10:13:14

I'm planning on starting next week - it's my birthday on Thursday so want to wait until after then!

I'm 32, 5'7 and have about 5 stone to lose. I have a 10 month old DS and I have recently been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid gland, which slows the metabolism and makes it harder to lose weight - I started treatment 2 weeks ago and am already feeling much better, so I'm hoping to find losing weight a bit easier. 2 stone of this weight has been gained since having DS, which I feel ashamed about, but have been feeling exhausted and depressed (due mostly to the thyroid, it turns out) and have compensated by comfort eating. confused

I really hope this will be a solution to 8 years of yo-yo dieting, which have taken me from a size 10 to a size 18 confused A little nervous of the hunger, but I know it won't kill me.

Does anyone want to be my buddy, for a bit of mutual support?

Hi Spaniel. I'm a bit older than you ( quite a lot actually) and have started the great weight loss plan today as well.

I too have a dodgy thyroid and need to get a blood test done as it seems to be playing up again.

Five stone sounds about right for me too and I put most of it down to giving up smoking. I have been tempted to start again but will resist the temptation.

Cheese, olives and spicy stuff are my downfall...not to mention wine!

And possibly gin.

SpanielFace Tue 02-Jul-13 12:20:11

Hi Cuttingpicassostoenails (great name btw!)

This thyroid thing is a pain, isn't it? I was relieved when that's what it turned out to be, I was starting to think I had PND to be honest, but I do feel so much better after 2 weeks on treatment. Just a bit daunted that it's for life.

My biggest downfall at the moment is picking all day - I'm still on mat leave, go back next month but only 2 days a week so will still be in the house a lot, so I need to find self-control and stop grazing. I have not had gin in ages since an unfortunate episode as a student confused, but do love my wine!

Have you had you first fast day yet? How did it go?

AphraBehn Thu 04-Jul-13 14:10:58

Happy birthday Spaniel

I started on Monday and have had 1 fast so far. The next was supposed to be today but I am going out for dinner so will make it Saturday instead.

I also have several stones to lose but am only going to think 1 stone at a time, which will hopefully be by September.

SweetBabyJebus Sun 07-Jul-13 20:04:53

SpanielFace, I could have written your op! I'm also 32, 5' 7" with 5 stone to lose and a 10 month old ds! Plus two more dc. I've been putting on weight steadily for the last 8 years I suppose, and I'm so used to it, I'm sort of afraid I guess. And lazy if I'm honest! I've been reading about 5:2 and it sounds like something I could do.
So I guess I'm 'checking in' so to speak. Going to start tomorrow with a fast day I think.

God, it's so daunting....

SpanielFace Sun 07-Jul-13 22:16:33

Hi Aphra, how was your weekend? Did you fast on Saturday, and how did it go?

SweetBabyJeebus - good luck for tomorrow! I'm all set, I hope! I'm going to have stir fried veg with soy sauce for lunch, grilled chicken with salad for tea. No breakfast. I have DS's first swimming session tomorrow pm so hope I'm not feeling too ravenous!

AphraBehn Sun 07-Jul-13 22:40:21

My Saturday fast was much, much easier than the first one Spaniel. I wasn't hungry at all although I drunk about 2l of water!

AphraBehn Sun 07-Jul-13 22:41:25

Good luck for your fasting tomorrow as well.

mnistooaddictive Mon 08-Jul-13 08:09:29

I am doing my first fast day today. Banana for breakfast, soup for lunch and salad for dinner. I have a meeting tonight and will be making cake for everybody else but need to resist eating it myself!
I need to lose 2 stone, I lost half last year, but list motivation and have put it all back on!
I also intend to shred 3 times a week but not on fast days to help tone up.

SpanielFace Mon 08-Jul-13 09:16:01

I'm wondering how I am going to cook for DH and DS (10 months) without being tempted! I was going to do pasta with chicken, veggies and home made pesto. Definitely more than 500 cals in one plate alone! I'm home today so my job to cook dinner... DH is permanently hungry, never sits still, doesn't have time to eat lunch at work some days so comes home ravenous, and is bordering underweight at the moment - he just loses weight whenever he's stressed at work. So I do try & feed him up a bit. That's why this diet appeals - 5 days a week, we can eat together (although I think I still need to watch portion size).

Neitheronethingortheother Mon 08-Jul-13 12:49:18

I still cook dinner for dh when I am on a fast day. Usually I will do a turkey stir fry, just slice some turkey breasts and stir fry with a prepared stir fry and put some soy sauce through it. I would do some noodles for dh to make his a bit more substantial.

Other times I have fish and salad and just have some nice bread for dh to fill up on.

Its good to eat light and healthy a couple of nights a week for everyone in the family.

tigerlilygrr Mon 08-Jul-13 12:55:48

I'll join you as I've accidentally been fasting today due to a missed lunch, so I might as well carry on! I was going to start anyway. I'm aiming to lose 1.5 stone (2.5 would be ideal but I want to be realistic). I downloaded my fitness pal today, anyone else?

SpanielFace Mon 08-Jul-13 20:59:01

Neither, I would agree with that for most people, but DH really does need the calories - he's 5 foot 10 and currently his weight is 9 stone 7! He's most happy at about 11 stone, and is trying to gain, but is also training for a triathalon, so he really needs healthy but high calorie food, and plenty of carbs. And I really can't expect DS to eat grilled chicken and salad at 10 months old. Anyway I was strong and resisted. Had an omelette for tea instead of salad in the end. Today's been ok, better than I expected, but am fighting the evening munchies now.

Tiger lily, yes I'm on my fitness pal, joined ages ago but never used it until now. My user name is spanielface if you want to add me smile

tigerlilygrr Mon 08-Jul-13 21:01:26

I found it pretty hard today... But am determined to stick to it for a few weeks at least and see how I go. I am by nature a bit of grazer and going for most of a day without food is so hard! Can't wait for breakfast tomorrow!

mnistooaddictive Tue 09-Jul-13 06:48:10

I had to abandon yesterday due to a migraine, mind you it may count as I couldn't even keep water down for most of the day!

SpanielFace Tue 09-Jul-13 07:14:38

Oh no, mnistooaddictive. sad Migraines are miserable, I hope you feel better today.

Well, I am 4.5lbs lighter today! I'm well aware that its water weight at the moment rather than fat, but still feels nice. I'm hungry this morning, but no more so than usual. Looking forward to breakfast - just giving DS his morning bottle at the moment. I'm going to do my next fast day on Thursday I think. I think next time I will eat more lightly during the day, and save more calories for my evening meal. I went to bed hungry last night, which is never nice!

AphraBehn Tue 09-Jul-13 09:08:36

Spaniel on my first fast day I was ravenous when I went to bed, but the second was fine.

Someone on the main thread said that a few hunger pangs are nothing to be afraid of, which is true.

tigerlily Glad it went ok for you, I am fasting today and Friday this week. Enjoy your breakfast smile.

mn hope you are feeling better.

tigerlilygrr Tue 09-Jul-13 09:17:19

I'm fasting again on Friday aphra, best of luck. Btw for dinner last night I found a 250 cal recipe from the telegraph that was really good: griddle a couple of courgette sliced lengthways, add 30g feta, some lemon juice and zest and mint (I'm lazy so used a little bit of concentrated mint sauce but that worked really well, I would do that again). It was delicious! Although I wished it was a starter, not a main.

SpanielFace Thu 11-Jul-13 10:07:32

So much for fasting today!

DS has a thrush infection and a v v sore bottom, so he was awake roughly every hour last night. confused A bit if a shock to the system, he's been sleeping through since 5 months and I've got used to the sleep again! Today started at 5.30am with a massive mug of tea with 2 sugars, and 2 rounds of toast - I just can't live on salad when I'm this tired! I'm out for lunch tomorrow, so going to fast on Saturday instead. I hope everyone else is doing ok!

tigerlilygrr Thu 11-Jul-13 10:31:32

Bad luck spaniel. Check in again on Saturday and let us know how you get on! I am fasting tomorrow and have planned a really busy day to take my mind off it. I might try lunch and dinner not breakfast and dinner, and see if that's easier.

AphraBehn Thu 11-Jul-13 12:33:02

Never mind Spaniel, hope your boy is ok. Saturday is probably as good a day as any to fast. In fact, the forecast is for it to be very hot again (at least in my area) so you will need to drink loads of water which will curb your appetite.

I fasted on Tuesday, which went ok, and am going to fast again tomorrow. My NFDs haven't been great although I've just about kept within my limits.

tigerlilygrr Fri 12-Jul-13 21:25:05

Hi I fasted today (day 2). I have to say it was much easier than I expected (hopefully this will sound encouraging not smug!) I had planned to eat lunch and dinner, but I was really busy at lunchtime, so thought at about 2pm that I would try pushing on and having a very early 500 cal dinner at 5pm ish. Then I was busy again at 5pm and ended up having dinner at 8pm, having had nothing but a double espresso, a cup of tea and sparkling water all day! Which basically means I fasted for 24 hours... Yet while I was obviously hungry, I wasn't that hungry, it was weird. In fact I would say I was hungrier at about 11am than I was at 6pm, if that makes sense... It was a bit like I got used to being hungry. Definitely it helped that it was so hot today, and also that I really was incredibly busy. It was also nice to have a proper meal in the evening rather than a small snack (chicken salad).

I'm quite hungry now but will be OK until tomorrow morning, hope your fast goes well Spaniel.

tigerlilygrr Fri 12-Jul-13 21:25:38

Ps also hope your DS is better!

SpanielFace Sat 13-Jul-13 12:20:05

Hi Tiger, I'm fasting today. Currently in the hairdressers getting highlights, not eaten anything yet today and won't have the chance until I get out (maybe 3pm as a guess). I am the same, I was hungry at about 9am but feel fine now. It helps that it's hot! I'm saving as many calories as possible for a proper meal later, going to bed hungry was hard work last time.

DS is much better thanks, his poor bottom is scabbed but the redness has all gone out of it, and he's getting loads of nappy free time in the garden. Back to sleeping through, thank god!

I'm going to get weighed on Monday, as u did last week - temped to weigh myself tomorrow as I know I'll weigh less after a fast day, but I think Monday is more sensible & will give me a more realistic weight.

Have a lovely weekend everyone! ������

SpanielFace Sat 13-Jul-13 12:21:31

*as I did, not u!

tigerlilygrr Sat 13-Jul-13 12:25:48

Sounds good spaniel. I would be interested to know if others do one meal a day (and I am assuming as long as I drink plenty of water it does me no harm...?) It was definitely much easier.

I'm glad your little boy is better; that doesn't sound like fun! Poor little chap!

AphraBehn Sat 13-Jul-13 15:25:19

tigerlily I do 2 meals split 200/300 which seems to work better for me. We won't talk about my succesfull FD yesterday that I then went on to completely sabotage with a meat pie and toasted crumpets blush.

tigerlilygrr Sat 13-Jul-13 15:44:38

Aphra! Oh dear! On the fast day or on the next NFD?

AphraBehn Sat 13-Jul-13 16:56:17

on the FD. It was all going so well up until then!

tigerlilygrr Sun 14-Jul-13 00:09:25

aphra just try and think of it as a virtuous (in terms of calorie count) NFD and try again maybe? It's annoying but I am sure we'll all have setbacks.

How did you get on spaniel?

SpanielFace Sun 14-Jul-13 07:51:23

Good, thank you! I had a cup of tea at breakfast (can't survive without my morning cuppa!) then an apple at about 3pm, then I was too lazy to cook and had a Sainsburys "Oh My Goodness" ready meal at 402 calories for tea at about 6pm. It was BBQ chicken, rice & spinach, and actually very nice & satisfying, so I was glad I'd saved the calories. The whole day was easier than Monday, and I was much less hungry in the evening. We were actually out for drinks last night for a friend's birthday, meeting at a cocktail bar in town. I deliberately drove to make sure I wasn't tempted to drink, and had diet coke all night. Everyone probably thinks I'm pregnant again now as I wouldn't normally turn down cocktails! Not ideal to fast on a weekend, but Thursday was just impossible on an hours sleep. Going to fast on Tuesday and Thursday next week I think.

SpanielFace Sun 14-Jul-13 07:54:42

Aphra, never mind! I'm sure it happens to everyone at some point. Hope you're having a nice weekend & are ready for your next FD.

tigerlilygrr Sun 14-Jul-13 08:07:34

God well done spaniel, no way would I have the discipline to fast on a night out. I'm going to fast mon and fri again this coming week to fit in with busy days for me as that's the key I think, then after that i will probably start doing it on Monday and Wednesday to get it out of the way early in the week (my busy Friday is a one off).

mnistooaddictive Sun 14-Jul-13 10:24:04

I am going to try again tomorrow after last weeks disaster. Hopefully i will get past lunchtime!

SpanielFace Sun 14-Jul-13 19:53:16

Mnistooaddictive, I am fasting tomorrow too - I decided to do Monday/Thursday this week. Good luck!

mnistooaddictive Sun 14-Jul-13 21:18:57

Good luck spaniel- is it wrong to eat now in preparation?!

tigerlilygrr Sun 14-Jul-13 21:35:56

We're all fasting tomorrow then, great. I will check in and let you know how I get on!

SpanielFace Mon 15-Jul-13 07:30:56

3lbs off, hooray! And that's despite really just eating what I liked on my NFDs (wine, cake etc) - I know I will need to be a bit more careful than that, but it's been so nice to eat guilt free for once! I've changed my mind, DH has bought BBQ stuff for tonight so I'm going to fast tomorrow. Good luck with today!

AphraBehn Mon 15-Jul-13 07:56:18

Aaaargh. 1lb gain for me this week. It was only to be expected though, with only one FD and a week weekend of excess. I don't normally drink alcohol but in this hot weather I've been having Pimms or lager shandy almost every day blush.

I'm not going to fast today, will do tomorrow as planned. That way it feels less like a punishment. I can also regulate my NFD eating a bit as well.

Have a good FD to everyone else.

AphraBehn Mon 15-Jul-13 08:00:17

Well done Spaniel. I think the guilt free eating is the most important bit.

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Jul-13 08:16:47

I do like the fact you can chop and change the fast days. I'll let you know how I've got on!

Sparklysilversequins Mon 15-Jul-13 09:40:28

Just to let you know I have been fasting on and off for a couple of years now. I lost all my weight and manage to maintain it. If I put a couple of pounds on I alternate day fast until its gone. I am 9 stone.

My single biggest tip for it working is go as long as you possibly can on your fast days before you eat anything at all. I rarely eat before three. For some reason if I eat little snacks and start early I feel much hungrier and really struggle, quite often fail that day.

Keep going it DOES work.

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Jul-13 10:03:26

Thanks sparkly, that's really inspirational. If you've been doing it for two years you must predate the horizon programme, how did you hear about this way of eating?

Sparklysilversequins Mon 15-Jul-13 10:34:22

I read an article about fasting and it's health benefits about four years ago and then ordered this book. Started doing it and lost weight.

I actually posted on here about at the time and was told by a few posters that it wasn't sustainable or healthy to go that long without eating blah blah blah grin. So I carried on, lost my weight and then suddenly everyone was posting about it and how great it was. I was "er yes, tried to tell you about this a couple of years ago!" grin

foofooyeah Mon 15-Jul-13 13:08:35

Hi there, My first fast day today. Decided to go with the nohting until tea time option, Fortunately Im finishing work at 4 today so wont have to last too long - also very busy at work.

Am feeling hungry now but not unbearably so

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Jul-13 13:21:26

I feel hungry now but not unbearably so. I've got some really nice teas including a liquorice and peppermint one that is naturally very sweet... It really helps I find. I'm going to have dinner at 5pm I think... Bit earlier than last time as I'm not as busy today so it's a bit harder.

foofooyeah Mon 15-Jul-13 14:37:25

I shall have to get some teas - am going to cut out sweetener as well so the licuorice one would be nice.

Am feeling proper hungry now

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Jul-13 14:58:33

The liquorice one is teapigs; it's fantastic. It is so sweet it would taste horrible with added sugar. I have a really sweet tooth as well!

SimplyTes Mon 15-Jul-13 15:27:56

May I join? Thank you - presume that it is OK for me to be a late starter! First fast day today. I am 5ft 10 and have two stone to lose, 40 years old and fed up with all my clothes being too tight and my tummy wobbling as I move. I have been for a run, v hot, hopefully sweated out Sunday night wine, have drunk three pints of warm water and lemon juice and eaten a bagel with marmite (not sure of calorie count).

Not hungry at the moment but my DSs tea time is my danger time, plus period is due anytime which makes me carve sugar. Anyhow - with your support and inspiring stories I'm sure to be fine! Cheers for tips Sparkly I will try and go longer before I eat, had 'brekkie' at noon. Will fast every Monday and Thursday.

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Jul-13 15:35:54

Hello simply! Hang on in there!

SimplyTes Mon 15-Jul-13 16:23:53

Thanks Tiger! Reading though the whole thread again you sound very supportive and super busy - what do you do? Nosy I know but keeping mind off lovely leftovers in fridge, I was gardening but much too hot here in Hove.

I do have work to do but have managed to put if off for fourth day in a row! I mark for a friend (she is exceptionally busy teacher!) and in September I start my NQT year as Business / Economics GCSE / A level teacher - don't think I'll have time for her marking then! Cheers to you all and roll on tomorrow - will that be too soon to weigh myself?

mnistooaddictive Mon 15-Jul-13 16:34:57

Not doing too bad. Jelly pot at 11 for breakfast and then bowl of soup for lunch at 12.30. Dinner is a vegetarian ready meal for 300 calories so I think I will make it!

tigerlilygrr Mon 15-Jul-13 20:12:08

I'm on maternity leave simply so possibly have oversold my busy-ness! It's my daughter's last week at preschool and we've had a fundraising week so there's been more to do more than my normal routine of mumsnet and cbeebies I mean.

Today I had 400 cals at 5pm and then my last 100 at 6pm. Tbh I am now sitting around thinking a bit too much about being hungry. Next time I will try again to eke it out until later in the evening. How did everyone else get on?

mnistooaddictive Mon 15-Jul-13 20:23:28

I did dinner (300 calories) at 6.30. Am planning an early.night so less time to get through! Much easier than i thought though!

MissStrawberry Mon 15-Jul-13 20:26:27

Am I too late to join in please?

Londonmrss Mon 15-Jul-13 22:18:44

Hello, please can I join you all? I've got about 2 stone of baby weight to lose. I'm still breastfeeding 8.5 month old dd but just can't shift the baby weight and tiredness is killing my willpower.
Survived first fast day today. Actually feeling in quite a bad mood now and have been advised by friends that it's probably some sort of carb crash. I'm hoping it gets better! Next fast day on Friday I think.
I haven't actually read the 5:2 book. Is the weight loss just because your weekly calorie count is reduced or is there something more clever than that?
Oh and I'm using MFP to count otherwise I'll get a bit obsessed with the numbers I think.
Hope you don't mind me tagging along on this journey.

SpanielFace Tue 16-Jul-13 08:13:10

Ooh, I have been on for 24 hours and look at all the new people! Hello! smile I'm fasting today, not feeling a lot like it - I've done something to my lower back & struggling to walk, never mind look after a 24lb baby who isn't crawling yet. Bah. I'm so looking forward to getting this weight off, I'm sure random back injuries etc didn't happen as often when I was slim. sad Have a good day today everyone!

SimplyTes Tue 16-Jul-13 08:29:40

Good luck today Spaniel! I had first fast day yesterday and I am two pounds lighter! Must be water even though I drunk pints of it yesterday, will be gutted if I weigh myself tomorrow and it comes back on - should I maybe just weigh myself once a week?

Goodness me londonmrs when I was breastfeeding I was starving all the time and just gave in to the hunger as I presumed it was a way of my body telling me I needed it to make the milk, be kind to yourself London.

SpanielFace Tue 16-Jul-13 09:26:47

Tes I have decided to weigh myself weekly. After my first fast day I lost 5lbs but when I weighed myself the following day I'd gained 3.5lbs if it again. It must be water weight, it's not possible to lose 5lbs of fat in one day! When I weighed myself after the first week (deliberately NOT the morning after a fast day), I'd lost 3lbs, which seems more realistic.

SpanielFace Tue 16-Jul-13 09:45:47

London I am on MFP as Spanielface if you want to add me? I could never have done it while breast feeding! That said, I gained 1.5 stone in the first 3 months after I had DS - anyone who says it helps you to lose weight is lying I think! I just lived on white carbs, basically!

mnistooaddictive Tue 16-Jul-13 15:53:58

Feels wired today as I thought I would be starving after yesterday's fast but not as hungry as normal.

SpanielFace Tue 16-Jul-13 16:26:41

It's weird isn't it? Even after my first FD, when I went to bed hungry, I was no more hungry than usual the following morning. I am on my 3rd FD today and it's going well. All I've had today is a cup of tea at breakfast, and an apple at 3 pm. I'm saving my calories for tea tonight. I've had a can of diet coke as well, I know it's full of crap but it's been so hot today and I really fancied one! At least they're calorie free I suppose.

Yes I dont drink fizzy drinks as a rule, but on a fast days they just seem to hit the spot. I love the Tesco fiery ginger beer, or their diet shandy.

AphraBehn Tue 16-Jul-13 17:26:24

Hello everyone that's joined the thread smile

FD4 for me today. Had feta cheese and beetroot salad for lunch and a big tin of Baxters French Onion soup for dinner. I have 100 cals left and might have a piece of fruit later.

Fortunatelyy, I have to go out in an hour or so and won't be back until around 9. I'll then have a super early night and hopefully avoid any sabotage. Having said that I don't feel hungry at all.

Good luck to anyone else fasting today.

AphraBehn Tue 16-Jul-13 22:27:17

Made it through on 425 calories! I needed to because I am going out for afternoon tea tomorrow and plan to enjoy every mouthful.

tigerlilygrr Tue 16-Jul-13 23:08:52

Well done! I'm going to fast again tomorrow as Friday is now out for social reasons (hurray)

AphraBehn Tue 16-Jul-13 23:35:12

ooh, hardcore!

SpanielFace Tue 16-Jul-13 23:36:14

I clocked in at 503 calories, so am pleased with that. I'm fasting again on Thursday I think. Good luck to anyone fasting tomorrow!

SpanielFace Wed 17-Jul-13 09:22:17

Tiger I've lost track but does that mean you're doing 2 days in a row? That sounds tough, good luck!

tigerlilygrr Wed 17-Jul-13 10:10:14

Oh no, I fasted Monday and then was going to fast today... But actually changed my mind so am back to fasting on Friday now! Sorry to confuse everyone!

SpanielFace Wed 17-Jul-13 22:44:27

I'm fasting again tomorrow, eep. At least it's still hot. I can imagine it would be harder to stick to in the winter.

SimplyTes Thu 18-Jul-13 18:00:13

I'm fasting again today. Weighed myself today and I am three pounds down from Monday, v pleased! Also went for a run at 7.30am - too hot here to sleep - and had salad pot - 250 calories for meal.

Off to shops, no idea what to have later? Any ideas? How are you doing today Spaniel?

tigerlilygrr Thu 18-Jul-13 18:14:53

I fasted today as well (ignore me when I speculate about what date I might fast on next as it clearly bears no resemblance to reality). Wasn't too difficult. However I may have a long night ahead as I had a microwave meal with chicken in it and half way through realised the chicken tasted a bit funny... We have a dodgy fridge that doesn't always shut properly and I got concerned that the chicken had gone off... So I threw half away and made up the difference with shortbread biscuits. Not ideal. I am still coming in under 500 cals though!

tigerlilygrr Thu 18-Jul-13 18:17:34

simply I do like m&s fuller for longer meals and the calorie count is really easy. Xanthe clay does some recipes for 250 cal meals as well:
link
The courgette one is delicious.

SpanielFace Fri 19-Jul-13 07:21:06

I didn't fast yesterday in the end, I just wasn't in the "zone", so I'm doing it today instead. Those M&S meals look nice, I'll have to look next time I'm in!

AphraBehn Fri 19-Jul-13 19:12:06

Am on FD no 6, have gone a bit over on 655 but feel quite full so hopefully I won't need to tape my mouth shut in order to get through the evening!

tigerlilygrr Sat 20-Jul-13 00:11:52

I have eaten nothing but rubbish all day. And washed it down with pimms. Oh dear. Onwards and upwards! I'm going to fast again on Monday. Well done Aphra, hope the evening wasn't too difficult.

SpanielFace Sat 20-Jul-13 09:49:26

522 yesterday, plus a bite of DHs flapjack (not sure how many calories in one bite!). BBQ and Pimms for me today though, hooray! Have a nice weekend everyone.

SpanielFace Sun 21-Jul-13 21:38:06

How has everyone's weekend been?

I'm fasting again tomorrow. And weighing in tomorrow morning. I'm not expecting such a good loss this week, I've eaten LOADS this weekend as we had a BBQ for DH's birthday, and we've been eating leftovers (and cake!) all day today. Plus my period is due any day, which does tend to affect my weight. Fingers crossed that I've lost something though!

Is anyone else fasting tomorrow?

tigerlilygrr Sun 21-Jul-13 21:42:27

I'm fasting again tomorrow. Will be going to my mum's next week but I know she will be supportive. The heat is such a help I think, this week I've only been eating two meals most non-fast days anyway (although topping up somewhat with Magnums!)

Good luck spaniel, I'll check in again tomorrow.

SpanielFace Mon 22-Jul-13 06:48:58

1lb off this week, which isn't bad considering the amount of high calorie food I have eaten this weekend! So that's 4lb in 2 weeks. Good luck to tiger and to anyone else who is fasting today. I feel hungry all ready, which is a bad start!

SimplyTes Mon 22-Jul-13 08:57:17

Great weekend here in Hove, beach and parties - lots of picnic food high in calories - too scared to weigh myself! Fast day today, will weigh myself tomorrow, should have gone for a run this morning but cat kept me awake and then DS2 asked to come to bed with us........too hot so had to send him back to his room - all in all a rubbish night's sleep.

Anyhow feel up for fasting today, just had a berrocca so lots of vitamins inside me and I currently have zero appetite - aware that it is only 9am so maybe a bit premature with appetite! Have a top Monday smile

Well done Spaniel on weight loss - good luck for today, think bikini body!

tigerlilygrr Mon 22-Jul-13 09:29:37

I am the same weight now as at mid week so from now on I will follow spaniel and weigh in only on Monday mornings. Overall I have lost approx four pounds in two weeks although I did guess my starting weight (told my DH this and he helpfully suggested I should guess the end weight as well for 'consistency').

Quite hungry this morning but hopefully a black coffee will sort me out.

mnistooaddictive Mon 22-Jul-13 10:21:16

I lost 2lb last week on my first fast week which I am pleased with. Fasting again today which is tricky especially as I have promised to take dd2 swimming. Good luck everyone fasting today.

AphraBehn Mon 22-Jul-13 14:46:35

I've lost 1.2 lbs this week bringing me to 4lbs in total over 3 weeks. Not an earth shattering weight loss but remarkably pain free to be honest.

If I want to see more of a loss, I need to cut out unecessary alcohol, those odd bottles of cider or glasses of Pimms tend to add up. I also need to start running again regularly but I can't see that happening in this heat! On the positive side I think I have a better idea of what 'normal' eating should look like.

Well done

AphraBehn Mon 22-Jul-13 14:49:58

Well done Spaniel, mn* and tigerlily on your losses. SimplyTes having a berocca sounds like a great idea, might try that myself.

Funnyfishface Mon 22-Jul-13 23:47:00

Hi could I join you ladies?

I have done my first fast day today.
Banana, ww yogurt and waitrose lasagne 306 calories. Green salad. Total 500

Starting weight 130 lbs GW under 120.

Well done all of you for your losses up to date. I hope I can stick to this

mnistooaddictive Tue 23-Jul-13 07:11:52

Welcome funny, and well done on your first fast day.

SimplyTes Tue 23-Jul-13 08:45:39

Hi funny, good first day by the sounds of it. I fasted yesterday and had so much energy (berocca) that I dragged DH to cinema to watch WW Z at 9.30pm - I have read the book and my brother said film was good - start was excellent, ending was weird and rushed.

Anyhow super hot here but am just about to go for a run before I weigh myself, I do feel a bit slimmer - tummy a bit flatter and thighs a little less wobbly. Told DH about diet last night, he has had 20 years of me moaning about weight / going on numerous diets so though best not to mention this one until I have been a bit successful - I don't think he had noticed anything different! Hey ho men aren't the most observant creatures. Good luck to you one and all!

SpanielFace Thu 25-Jul-13 22:57:15

Hi Funny, welcome!

I have been away for a couple of days but I'm back, and had a fasting day today. I was a bit over, ended up at 593 cals (DH forgot I was fasting & bought me a solero, oops!). Not too terrible though, I suppose. My next fast day is Monday, so I'm looking forward to the weekend - this is just such an easy plan to fit into normal life isn't it? I'm also finding the fast days easier & easier - I think my body is just getting used to it, I'm hungry at breakfast time but if I don't eat anything it subsides, and I'm then fine until about 3pm. Much better than the first day!

tigerlilygrr Thu 25-Jul-13 23:57:29

I am fasting tomorrow (Friday)... But nervous actually as stupidly didn't have dinner as had MASSIVE lunch. But I can't do the weekend as I'm going out both days and font want to fall at the week 3 hurdle! So will just try and push on through... May be back tomorrow for encouragement...

AphraBehn Fri 26-Jul-13 00:07:56

I'm fasting Friday as well. It will be my first only one this week. I'm a bit pre menstrual and have been a bit of a carb monster so do need to reverse some damage.

mnistooaddictive Fri 26-Jul-13 08:39:07

I am only fasting once this week. It's the start of the school holidays and I couldn't face the grumpy monster I turn into being inflicted on my excited dc!

tigerlilygrr Fri 26-Jul-13 16:37:41

Just had all my calories for the day. I was so hungry....

I've probably gone a touch over (550 cal?) but it couldn't be helped, I was starving. Never do what I did and fast after skipping dinner! It is exactly as hard as it sounds!

Now just have to stick it out until tomorrow morning.

AphraBehn Sat 27-Jul-13 08:27:13

Fast went well yesterday, I managed to wait until about 4.30pm before eating. Am toying with the idea of another one today but am not sure if I'll manage it.

tigerlilygrr Sun 28-Jul-13 11:56:05

Couldn't wait until tomorrow so weighed myself today. I've lost another pound so that's five pounds in three weeks! I'm pleased with that particularly as it feels quite sustainable.

Hope you're all doing well, spaniel thanks for starting this thread and giving me a kick up the arse! flowers

tigerlilygrr Sun 28-Jul-13 11:59:40

Ps fasting again tomorrow

SpanielFace Mon 29-Jul-13 07:12:53

Another pound off today, so that's also 5lb in 3 weeks smile

I'm supposed to be fasting today but have had a bad night with DS, so going to delay until tomorrow when I hopefully won't be so tired!

Have a good week everyone smile

AphraBehn Mon 29-Jul-13 08:20:07

Well done tiger and Spaniel. That's good going. Another 1lb off for me making 5lbs in 4 weeks. I'm aiming to have lost a stone by the end of the summer holidays, which I hope is achieveable.

butterandcrumpets Mon 29-Jul-13 08:52:17

Hello ladies, can I join please? I am finding the main thread a little intimidating.

I have done 5:2 on and off (more off than on) but have to do it properly now. To kick start things I am going to do 4:3 with Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Fast Days.

So FD today. Am having a coffee with a little milk at the moment and have a 300cal dinner planned. If I get too hungry later on I can have a small bowl of porridge, if not, I'll munch more dinner smile.

I would like to lose 2 stone.

AphraBehn Mon 29-Jul-13 09:29:22

Hi butterandcrumpets (good job today isn't my FD!). I find the main thread a bit overwhelming as well and can't keep up with who is doing what. I do find it useful for tips though as the established 5:2ers seem to know their stuff.

Good luck with fasting today. I find mine are getting easier and I can make it through until late afternoon before I need to eat.

crazy8 Mon 29-Jul-13 09:33:02

Hi. Just wondered if anyone had advice regarding this diet. It is week three on the 5/2 diet and although I initially lost weight it seems I am putting it back on!! Where am I going wrong?

tigerlilygrr Mon 29-Jul-13 10:55:47

crazy are you weighing yourself at the same time every week?

SpanielFace Mon 29-Jul-13 11:20:12

Hi Butter, That's really why I started this - I found the main thread a bit confusing & intimidating, and couldn't work out who was who. Good luck in your first week!

SpanielFace Mon 29-Jul-13 11:21:54

Crazy, the main thread might be better for answers as we're all newbies! But my initial thoughts would be - are you weighing yourself at the same time each week (and not directly after a FD one week and after a NFD the next)? Are you definitely sticking to 500 cals on FD

AphraBehn Mon 29-Jul-13 11:28:27

crazy I'm no expert but check that your daily TDEE reflects your correct activity level, that you are eating enough on NFDs and conversely, not overeating.

The main thread will be able to give you more advice though.

crazy8 Mon 29-Jul-13 13:55:16

Thanks for the advice. I will read the main thread and also check my TDEE. I have to be honest, I have been weighing myself everyday and the panicking. Will start weighing on the same day from now on.

butterandcrumpets Mon 29-Jul-13 14:22:22

Crazy, I am finding it hard to resist to weigh myself all the time too. I have now set a weigh in day - only once a week on Saturday mornings.

PeasandCucumbers Mon 29-Jul-13 21:52:29

Hello everyone, do you mind if I jump on too?

Had my first FD today and think I have done OK assuming I don't eat anything else. I was up to 490 cals then had 6 cherries which I don't know the cal value off but am hoping they can't have taken me too much over!!

Bit annoyed with myself as I didn't actually weigh myself this morning and don't want to do it tomorrow as I don't think it will be accurate. I have weighed myself fairly recently so am going to take that as my starting point. I am hoping to resist the temptation to weigh and only do it once a fortnight in the hope of seeing bigger numbers.

My hunger levels seem to have really fluctuated today and this morning I didn't think I would make it so quite chuffed that I have smile

Everyone seems to doing really well and actually sticking to it and it is nice to hear that some people think the FD's get a little easier!!!

Looking forward to eating normally tomorrow!!

Wearytiger Mon 29-Jul-13 22:00:30

The fast days get loads easier peas. I personally try to eat as late in the day as possible now and definitely skip breakfast. I don't generally find them hard as long as I'm an environment where I'm in control ie not watching everyone else eat at a restaurant or something like that. Good luck!

butterandcrumpets Tue 30-Jul-13 08:22:41

FD went well I think. Had a snack at about 4pm and dinner with dh at 7.30. What I find hardest at the moment is that I am not particularly busy during the day (teacher on holiday, no dc, husband working) so the temptation to pick is big. Especially when cooking. Has anyone got any tips? How do I stop tasting every 5 minutes?

Wearytiger Tue 30-Jul-13 08:46:54

Cook something you don't like! I made my son a dish with mushrooms the other day for that reason - I hate mushrooms!

butterandcrumpets Tue 30-Jul-13 09:42:02

Now that would work grin

Wearytiger Tue 30-Jul-13 21:52:53

Fasted again today. It went pretty well and I probably ended up eating about 515 calories (myfitnesspal is really amazing, I would be lost without it!) I was a bit annoyed though that through lack of planning the only food I could get for my one and only meal was a packaged sandwich from a garage forecourt though. I'm not a fan of sandwiches in general so was not a happy bunny!

butterandcrumpets Wed 31-Jul-13 16:49:00

Oh no, tiger, that doesn't sound too nice. I meticulously plan my main meal for FDs as otherwise I panic grin. Finding fasting a little hard today so have given up on the idea of a full fast and had a lunchtime snack of houmous and celery to keep me going. Still leaves me 380 cal for my evening meal. Chilli crusted fish with green beans. Yum.

AphraBehn Thu 01-Aug-13 09:11:28

Another successful FD yesterday, tea and Bovril during the day and then dinner around 6pm of Italian seasoned pork chop and veg. I'm not a huge fan of pork though and wish I'd cooked myself some fish instead. Next FD tomorrow, haven't done 2 close together before.

Wearytiger Thu 01-Aug-13 12:57:50

I'm fasting again today. OK so far. I am about to go and choose myself a delicious sub-500 calorie dinner to avoid the sandwich fiasco of last time! Good luck for tomorrow Aphra. It feels as if we've got the hang of it now and perhaps it will be more about keeping to the discipline of having the fast days, rather than struggling through the fast days themselves ( I hope).

AphraBehn Thu 01-Aug-13 14:21:22

I think that's exactly it wearytiger. I could be more disciplined on NFDs as I don't calorie count at all but I am making better choices and recognising the full feeling. If I can stick to the 2 fast days each week then I am happy with a moderate weight loss in return for the ease of this method.

Having said that, going for a 5k run and then a blood test today, before breaking my fast was a bad idea. I have no energy today and may have to nap.

Wearytiger Fri 02-Aug-13 07:09:26

Fasted yesterday as per earlier message. Annoyingly I picked up a bottle of volvox strawberry flavoured water thinking it would be zero calorie - no 50 calories! For nothing! I still came in under 500 but won't be doing that again.

Wearytiger Fri 02-Aug-13 07:10:09

How did you get on aphra? Sounds like a busy day.

SpanielFace Fri 02-Aug-13 08:55:46

Hi all, sorry I've been quiet. I've not fasted at all this week. confused It's been a difficult week - my back, which has been playing up for a few weeks, suddenly got a lot worse. GP sent me for an MRI (waiting for results), but Physio thinks its all to do with the SPD I had during pregnancy. No one has said it, but I'm sure being 4-5 stone overweight isn't helping. sad Can't wait to be slimmer & start to feel a bit better.

Anyway, DM has been over every day to help out with DS, and fasting has just been impossible. My back is slowly improving (although Physio says no quick fixes as it's to do with muscle weakness), but hopefully I'll be back on track on Monday.

I hope everyone's had a good week, and hi to all the new people!

Wearytiger Fri 02-Aug-13 09:28:22

Oh spaniel... That sounds rough. What days are you planning to fast next week? We can nudge you a little bit in support if that helps?

butterandcrumpets Fri 02-Aug-13 14:27:40

Spaniel, I hope you see improvements soon! I used to have back issues and it really is a pain (well, literally). Gentle nudge from me to, if you want it.

FD today and it's going well. Only calories counted so far are 100ml of skimmed milk for my morning coffees. It's my weigh in day tomorrow and I am wondering whether I have lost weight. It's only been one week so if not it's no drama I suppose. I do fell better, less bloated etc.

PeasandCucumbers Fri 02-Aug-13 18:20:09

My second FD today and so far so good. I had planned to fast yesterday but caved around lunchtime!! Am about to go and watch my DS in a holiday club drama show then have an innocent veg pot for 311 cals ready for dinner after. I am at a wedding in Ireland at the end of next week so am planning on fasting Mon & Weds, hopefully that won't be too difficult only having one normal day in between!

Thanks for the heads up re the water Weary, I would have been so cross with myself, who would have thought a bottle of water could be 50 cals!!

SpanielFace Fri 02-Aug-13 21:43:06

Thanks smile A gentle nudge could be good! I'm planning on fasting on Monday & Thursday next week - anyone else the same?

Wearytiger Fri 02-Aug-13 22:57:53

Definitely me on Monday... Get it out of the way early! So spaniel I will gently nudge you in the morning, try and sign in. And you can do the same for me when I waver!

Hope your back feels better soon, it must be miserable with your DS needing a lot of your time as well. I sometimes look back on how 'good' it was to be ill when I didn't have children in a really self pitying way... I realise that's ridiculous!

PeasandCucumbers Sat 03-Aug-13 06:53:03

Well yesterday went well and I am pleased that I have successfully done 2 FD's in my first week smile

Am still annoyed with myself for not weighing myself properly before I started as now I have completed two FD's I would like to know how much (if anything) I have lost. I have only counted roughly and in my head on NFD's but I have exercised a couple of times and will be happy with a slow and steady weight loss.

Weary and Spaniel I am planning on fasting again on Mon so will try and sign in in the morning too.

Have a good weekend everyone and good luck to anyone fasting today

butterandcrumpets Sat 03-Aug-13 10:06:03

Fast day for me on Monday too so will try and sign in in the morning. Have successfully completed my first week of 3 fasts and have lost 1.1 kg. Quite chuffed with this smile. Will keep up the 4:3 for the time being I think as it seems to work for me. Have a good weekend everyone and well done Spaniel for planning your next fast day.

AphraBehn Sat 03-Aug-13 11:54:48

Well done everyone on successful fasting smile. Think I will do Monday and Thursday next week as well so you have another nudger spaniel. Put this week behind you and start afresh, treat it as a maintenance week!

Fasting is definately getting easier. I now prefer to save everything for one protein based evening meal rather than splitting the calories up throughout the day. I do tend to go to bed early, drooling over cake based pinterest boards but never seem to fancy them on a NFD. Must be something about forbidden fruit.

feggyart Sat 03-Aug-13 12:35:19

Starting on Monday. Currently have 8 stone to lose. Have been healthy eating and swimming for three weeks and lost ten pound but gp recommended 5 2. So will give it a go. Hope nobody minds me joining in?

PeasandCucumbers Sat 03-Aug-13 19:18:01

Looks like there will be loads of us fasting Mon.

Hi feggyart, my advice, having only done one week so far myself is to plan what you are going to eat on FD's as I didn't do that this week and think it would have helped if I had. I found that how difficult I was finding it fluctuated throughout the day and was definitely at its worst the morning of my first fast which I think was totally psychological. I agree with other advice I have read on this board to go as long as you can before eating anything but everyone is different and I'm sure you will find what works for you.
Well done on losing 10lbs, that's a great start

Wearytiger Sat 03-Aug-13 22:07:49

Ten pounds is amazing Feggyart, well done. Good luck for Monday. The first fast is definitely the worst... After that it becomes very manageable! And I speak as a former self confessed grazer!

I also agree that despite the fact I have made no effort to cut back on NFDs, I eat more healthy food and less food overall on NFDs... I view it as a nice bonus. butterandcrumpets I'm interested to hear how you get on with 4:3... I am saving that option in case I plateau on 5:2!

feggyart Sun 04-Aug-13 08:41:29

Thankyou. I think planning will be the key. Yesterday I ate healthily all day but the evening munchies where terrible. I resisted but it made me worry how I will cope on a fast day. I satisfied my munchies last night with special k crackers but at nearly 100 calories that won't be feasible on fast days. Still going to give it a go though. I have a health issue that is only going to improve with weight loss. Start weight three weeks ago was 18 11. I'm now 18 1. So a very long way to go!

Wearytiger Sun 04-Aug-13 08:48:00

feggyart someone said this upthread but being hungry really won't hurt you... A lesson we have all learnt!

On a fast day, I find I am fine (not hungry) until 9am. I have a cup of tea and find myself getting more hungry until about 1130 when I am really hungry. I have another cup of tea and then the hunger starts to subside until about three-ish. Then it starts ramping up again but I try and delay with more hot drinks or sometimes a 10 cal jelly until five. Then I have z good meal at 5pm or later with my 480 calories or whatever I have left! I go to bed feeling a bit puckish but nothing too bad.

If I can do it you can do it!

Wearytiger Sun 04-Aug-13 08:48:47

Peckish, obviously. Not puckish.

feggyart Sun 04-Aug-13 15:06:52

That's where I'm going to have to experiment. Spread calories over the day or have a relatively good evening meal.

AphraBehn Sun 04-Aug-13 18:44:03

feggyart do what suits you best. I started out by having 2 meals and a snack on FDs. After about 3 weeks I found I could quite happily wait and use all my calories on a bigger evening meal, eg chicken or fish with veg.
The first couple of FDs can be hard, so if you need to eat a couple of times to get through it then that might be better than holding out and then
potentially sabotaging the whole day because you
are ready to eat a horse!

Wearytiger Sun 04-Aug-13 21:44:59

I did read on the main thread that son people recommend going down to 750 cals first for a few fast days and then going down again to 500 once you're used to it. Makes sense. I didn't know that though so just dived in!

Also Spaniel I'm just checking in to say good luck for tomorrow! Get the tea bags ready and I'll join you on a brew tomorrow first thing!

feggyart Sun 04-Aug-13 21:49:27

I was wondering if maybe six hundred might be ok for me due to how heavy I am...certainly heavier than the average man! ( 18 stone) or am I just making excuses before even starting!

Wearytiger Sun 04-Aug-13 22:01:47

I just looked this up on the 5:2 diet book website and this is what it said:

The average would be 500 calories for women or 600 for men, but that varies a bit depending on your current size and your activity levels. You can work out your own exact limit but the average works for most of us.

Some people do end up fasting completely for the health benefits, but you don’t have to!

So 600 is fine, I am sure. You can do 500 though you know, it's honestly not that bad after a couple of goes...

PeasandCucumbers Sun 04-Aug-13 22:46:52

feggyart I have also been very susceptible to evening munchies and a glass or three of wine but I honestly think 500 is doable. Weary's description closely matches how my hunger levels have gone throughout my FD's. What you need to tell yourself is that it is only one day and that the following day you can eat normally again. Saying all that don't beat yourself up if you don't manage it, I was planning on fasting on Thurs and caved early afternoon so tried again on Fri and did it fine.
Good luck for everyone fasting tomorrow (Mon). I have a mega busy day so hoping that will help and that I can go to bed early.
Will try to check in again in the morning

WhyohWhyCantIThinkofaFabName Sun 04-Aug-13 23:20:11

Would it be ok for me to join you all too? I'm looking forward to my first fast day tomorrow. I have lots to lose (8st and then some) I've been overweight for as long as i can remember and until recently it hasn't hindered me...but it's now got to the stage where I feel I'm living half a life so need to make a big change...I have a friend who has lost lots doing this so has really inspired me to give it a go!! You seem a friendly and supportive bunch here...and I'd be grateful if you'd slap my hands away from the biscuit barrel if I need you to!!

JetBlack Mon 05-Aug-13 00:57:06

Could I jump in and join as well please? I tried this about 6 months ago but didn't even last a week because I completely over complicated it. Also I didn't post on here which I think might help as it might shame me into sticking to it. So going to start tomorrow and keep it a lot simpler. I want to aim to lose a stone and then see how I feel when I reach it.

Oh I'm a little big scared now blush

Well done on your losses so far! I hope I can stick to it and be as successful as you guys.

AphraBehn Mon 05-Aug-13 07:44:46

Welcome along jetblack and whyohwhy.

Feeling bleugh today after a chinese takeaway last night. Horrid sick and bloated feeling so I am going to enjoy this FD I think. Today is weigh in day but I refuse while I feel like this so will wait until tomorrow instead.

Lots of us fasting today, I think. Have a good one.

feggyart Mon 05-Aug-13 07:47:06

Whyohwhy I'm starting today and have 8 stone to lose as well.

Good luck to all fasting today.

feggyart Mon 05-Aug-13 07:49:00

Oh and thanks for the advice 're: 600. I will aim solidly for 500 but if I slip slightly over I won't see it as a failure.

PeasandCucumbers Mon 05-Aug-13 08:04:54

Signing in for my FD today as well. Have a really busy day ahead as have reports that have to be completed today so came in early only to have no systems! Not a good start, hopefully will get better!

Hello to the newbies, spaniel I hope you don't feel we are taking over your thread and hope your FD goes well today

SpanielFace Mon 05-Aug-13 08:15:20

Hi Feggyart, Whyohwhy and Jetblack. Feggyart, well done on your weight loss!

I'm checking in for my morning cup of tea & gentle kick up the bum. I need it, I'm ready to get back in track but it's hard! How has everyone's weekend been? Who is fasting today?

SimplyTes Mon 05-Aug-13 08:37:17

FD today. Disaster last week, will not weigh myself as bound to be very cross! Will FD three times this week to make up for it - hope this does the trick. Have also book in circuits and will run every morning, why do I always mess up when I am doing so well?

Good luck to you all - lots of support and cheering to you, one and all!

WhyohWhyCantIThinkofaFabName Mon 05-Aug-13 08:42:14

Good morning all...thanks for the warm welcome. Just about to do the weighing/ measuring before I get on with my day. Hi Feggyart - we'll be in it for the longhaul together!! Good luck today!!

butterandcrumpets Mon 05-Aug-13 08:46:25

Just checking in, fast day for me too. Consider yourself gently nudged, spaniel, just take it one (fast) day at the time. Good luck to everyone else fasting today. I am looking forward to it.

feggyart Mon 05-Aug-13 09:23:41

Kick spaniel you can do it. Off swimming now and weigh in.

Wearytiger Mon 05-Aug-13 09:43:49

Weighed in today and I have lost another pound. That means six pounds in four weeks. I am happy with that as I really do eat whatever I want on NFDs. I must stop weighing myself mid week though as earlier in the week it was two pounds of which obviously one came back on yesterday (roast chicken. Cake. Enough said).

But still, I'm pleased. Having my cup of tea now. Will check in later, good luck to everyone!

JetBlack Mon 05-Aug-13 11:29:18

Thanks everyone, I get a bit lost on the main thread so it's nice to come on here. First fast day and so far so good. Going to try and hold on as long as I can [fingers crossed]
Although I'm a bit of a pepsi max addict, do I need to avoid these or does it not really matter as they are zero calorie?

PeasandCucumbers Mon 05-Aug-13 12:32:02

Wow 6lbs is great weary , well done! As I was driving to work this morning I realised that I hadn't weighed myself again this morning! Am trying to convince myself that NSV's are what I am really after but I do want an idea of the lbs too.

Still no cals here yet grin Keep going everyone!!

butterandcrumpets Mon 05-Aug-13 16:53:49

Seem to be struggling a little today but am realising I haven't drunk as much as I usually do on a FD. So just had a pint of water and a big mug of green tea and feel better already. Still have 450cal left and dinner (mushroom stroganoff, chicken and salad) is currently being cooked. I hope everyone is doing well.

feggyart Mon 05-Aug-13 17:10:21

Weighed in this morning at 17 12 so loss of thirteen pounds overall. My goal is a stone a month in these early stages so on track for that.

Finding the fast interesting. I am going to come in at 650. And I'm ok with that.

Hope all doing ok.

PeasandCucumbers Mon 05-Aug-13 17:49:24

I only had 64 cals at work then had a tin of WW soup when I got home at 76 cals and an apple (50 cals?)as I was starving. Now cooking dinner and am pleasantly surprised that Linda McCartney's red onion and rosemary sausages are only 64 cals each so am having 2 with carrots, broccoli and sugar snap peas. Will then have around 110 cals left for later in the evening. I am definitely happier with my planning of food today and really think I will have got more volume than I did last week.

I agree butter that a drink often really does make a difference and tides you over.

Keep going everyone and resist the evening munchies!!

butterandcrumpets Mon 05-Aug-13 18:12:33

So, I just decided to pack in my fast day. Had a phone call from dh who is coming home early from work. He is a farmer and has worked through the last two weekends and usually doesn't come home before 10pm on a weekday. Due to the rain (thank you!!!) they can't pick and decided to call it a day. Pizza, wine and a movie it is - am not regretting this one grin.

WhyohWhyCantIThinkofaFabName Mon 05-Aug-13 19:36:42

Well my first fast day has been much better than I expected...I was really quite worried about what to expect...had decided after reading lots of info of what people find works and I decided that I would wait as long as possible before I ate expecting that I would cave in just after lunch...well it's now been 24hrs 30 mins since my last meal and dinner will be ready in 5 mins!! I am over the moon...I've been cheerful, have strung sentences together and haven't eaten the cat!! Dinner is 450 cals. It's a weird feeling to have actually felt in control of food all day!

PeasandCucumbers Mon 05-Aug-13 20:19:40

Great to hear your first fast has gone well why smile

Butter that's lovely, hope you had a lovely evening and enjoyed your pizza! We have to take these opportunities when they come along and it is nice to think that this terrible weather has resulted in a nice surprise for someone!!

Trying to resist the temptation at the moment. The DC are in bed & DH is out so I am a bit bored and I think that is making me want to eat. We are going to Ireland on Thurs for a wedding on Fri so I need a successful FD today and Weds so that I can go away knowing I have achieved my target for the week.

Wearytiger Mon 05-Aug-13 22:05:51

Whyohwhy I think that feeling of control can be a little bit addictive (in a positive sense). You will love waking up tomorrow and thinking that you can eat whatever you want (within reason!)... I bet you will want less than you think!

butterandcrumpets the beauty of this diet for me is that it is so flexible, I hope you really enjoyed your pizza and time with your DH!

Good luck to everyone else and especially Spaniel as we all owe her one for starting this thread!

WhyohWhyCantIThinkofaFabName Mon 05-Aug-13 22:40:28

Ooh Wearytiger I think you are right!! It was such a liberating feeling...I've just done my food order online to collect tomorrow and I've made far better choices than normal even though I know I can go a little off the track if I want to...purely because I feel in control.... My dinner tonight was heaven on a plate!!! It was simple but tasted like the best meal ever!! I'm hoping I can sustain this feeling. Keep up the great work everyone...and yes thanks for the thread Spaniel...the other thread was a little too big for me to keep up and I really enjoy seeing how everyone here is getting on.

PeasandCucumbers Tue 06-Aug-13 07:16:36

Well I did it smile

Did you fast yesterday spaniel? It must be harder some days when you have a baby, especially if you haven't had enough sleep but I hope you managed to get back on track.

Well done to everyone else who had a FD yesterday.

butterandcrumpets Tue 06-Aug-13 07:55:38

Thanks everyone, had a lovely evening with dh. The thing is, as I hadn't eaten all day the pizza and a couple of glasses of wine weren't really a blowout calorie wise. So no harm done. The sun is shining today so dh will be stuck in the fields and dryers till goodness know when so I will have my fast day today.

I hope you managed to fast/have a low calorie day yesterday, Spaniel.

AphraBehn Tue 06-Aug-13 09:17:00

Well done everyone, we're getting the hang of this now!

Another 2lbs off for me making 7lbs in 5 weeks. I've never stuck to a diet for 5 weeks before! Did a FD yesterday, my easiest one yet, so thinking about 4:3 this week. 'Cos I'm hardcore like that. Not so hardcore that I'll get off my arse and go for a run though

JetBlack Tue 06-Aug-13 11:33:52

Well it was my first FD yesterday and it was surprisingly ok. I got a little bit hungry around 2pm but I just drank lots of water and kept busy and it passed. Before I would have panicked at the feeling of hunger and shoved some rubbish in my mouth. I had my 410 cal meal at about 6:30pm and then had a packet of quavers at 9:30 as they are 88 cals as I'm such a snacker at night so I didn't feel deprived either.

However DP offered me a cream cake after tea and I said no shock Unheard of!

PeasandCucumbers Wed 07-Aug-13 08:55:08

Morning everyone!

Glad to hear your first FD went well jet smile

Well I am due to fast again today which I don't feel too optimistic about but I am going to give it a go and try and use my few days away as my motivation.

I finally weighed myself this morning. I have been wanting to do it first thing in the morning but I haven't wanted to do it the morning after a FD. I have lost a few lbs I think, probably 3 but can't be totally certain on that as I don't have a definite start weight, but I am happy anyway. I have done 3 FD's so far, upped my activity a lot and although I haven't counted calories on my NFD's I have tried to be a little bit sensible

Have a good day everyone, especially those fasting

PeasandCucumbers Wed 07-Aug-13 23:10:59

Well another FD over smile I shall now go away for the weekend and not think about food until Sun when, depending how excessive I have been, I may do another fast.
Have a good weekend everyone, spaniel hope you have managed to get back on track. Off to bed now as have to be up at 5!!!

butterandcrumpets Thu 08-Aug-13 08:56:44

Morning everyone! FD for me today. Have a nice weekend Peas.

Wearytiger Thu 08-Aug-13 09:02:52

Good luck everyone! I am fasting tomorrow as DH is out tomorrow evening. Have a great weekend peas!

JetBlack Thu 08-Aug-13 11:11:16

FD again today. Feel like I'm going to struggle more today, DC are playing up and DP is off work with a bad back and hip and we're not exactly getting along lately so it's going to be much harder today.

Need to remind myself that food doesn't help stress.

SimplyTes Thu 08-Aug-13 11:34:46

Hi everyone, FD today, feel strong, just back from circuits at gym and drinking pints of warm water and lemon to make up from half bottle of wine and burger last night!

So far six pounds off...............good luck everyone smile

Wearytiger Thu 08-Aug-13 16:58:49

Jetblack at least on an FD there's less cooking to do! Think of it that way!

JetBlack Fri 09-Aug-13 11:23:09

Well I got through it on less than 500 cals, just had to keep busy and stay out the house. I can't wait to be back at work, it'll be so much easier to keep busy and keep my mind off food.

I've noticed from fasting that I don't snack as much, if at all, on non fast days and make much better meal choices. I also seem to be inadvertently avoiding carbs. It's amazing how something so simple can change your thought process.

I hope everyone is doing well and feeling great! smile

Wearytiger Fri 09-Aug-13 12:25:14

Well done jetblack. I'm starting back at work next week and also think it will be easier. I'm mumsnetting from a cafe right now and the smell of the food is a trial! But I've got my c

Wearytiger Fri 09-Aug-13 12:25:54

Coffee. And mornings are always worst for me on a fast day so the worst is over.

Wearytiger Fri 09-Aug-13 19:55:38

Ah it's that time of day where I post my cautionary tale of what not to do on a fast day. I was doing very well today and indeed rather complacently thinking how easy 5:2 is, when I went shopping for my 500 cal evening meal. I got a ready meal for 400 cals and ... fatal mistake... A low fat chocolate mousse for 90 cals. As I'd had a few hot drinks this would have seen me end the day at about 550, which would be fine. However obviously there's basically no nutrition in the mousse at all and I spent the next two hours feeling really awful (bit sick, lightheaded)... I guess I'd effectively forced my body to get by on 400 calories and a load of artificial sweeteners. So I had to have some low cal jellies and a mug of hot skimmed milk to fill myself up. I probably came in at 600 which is not the end of the world but it was an unpleasant end to an otherwise easy day. So note to self, when I only have 500 cals to play with I should eat proper food, not rubbish!

The only upside is that the mug of skimmed milk really hit the spot so that's worth remembering if you're desperate.

butterandcrumpets Fri 09-Aug-13 20:54:00

Hello everyone. I am fasting today...second fast day in a row as otherwise I wouldn't have managed to have 3 this week. Not ideal I know but I have done alright. Left most of my cals for dinner of salmon and broccoli with a tablespoon of low fat mayo (which I love and can't resist). Am having a mug of green tea now and trying to resist the temptation to graze on the stir fry I am cooking for dh grin

butterandcrumpets Fri 09-Aug-13 20:59:12

Are those low cal jellies any good, Weary? Was thinking of buying some as people keep mentioning them on here. Why would I eat them though? I assume they are not filling so just for a sweet treat?

Wearytiger Sat 10-Aug-13 00:52:49

Actually they are surprisingly filling butter... Similar to a yoghurt. I wouldn't say they taste brilliant (tbh I dread to think what's in them!) but they're fantastic for fast days, I buy four a week at the moment! I do have quite a sweet tooth though.

Your dinner sounds delicious by the way. I really will stop buying ready meals on fast days soon... The only downside to 5:2 for me so far, apart from the hunger of course, is that I'm eating more processed food. I will have to put a stop to that as I don't think it's a good habit ... But one step at a time...

JetBlack Sat 10-Aug-13 20:10:00

Hi guys, my two non fast days have felt so nice, stuck to three sensible meals a day and minimal snacks.

Was thinking of doing a mini-fast tomorrow ie not eating until 6pm but eat normally after then so not a calorie restricted meal. Not sure if that's a good idea or not as monday is my fast day. Hmmm.

Butterandcrumpets How did it go having two consecutive fasts? I definitely wouldn't be brave enough for that.

Luvvies Sat 10-Aug-13 20:54:12

Hello all just found this thread and I'd like to join. I started with my first FD yesterday, which went well. I didn't eat until the evening. Drank loads of water, then had a big chicken and veg stir fry (practically dry fried)

I have several stone to lose, and this was suggested by my GP.

Next FD for me is Monday although I need to think of things to do as I won't be working to keep me busy!

Wearytiger Sat 10-Aug-13 23:02:00

Hi luvvies. Do you use those one cal sprays for stir fries? I have one and I think it's really good (frylight). Well done on getting through it! You'll find Monday is much easier than your first fast day, I bet.

Luvvies Sun 11-Aug-13 00:17:21

Not yet, but I may get one. I just used a splash of sesame oil and reckon that some of it burns off. But I did factor it into my figures.

Haven't decided what to eat on Monday, but agree with others that its important to plan ahead.

I have some homemade veg soup in the freezer, made with any old variety of veg, and usually a splash of milk. No idea how to work out calories in that so I'll have to have a try at that as its quite filling.

butterandcrumpets Sun 11-Aug-13 08:32:07

Hello everyone and welcome Luvvies. I really like soups for fast days as you can eat a big bowl for so few calories. I find that clear broth type soups (chicken and chunky veg or lentil and tomato) work better for me though. What I really enjoy at the moment is finding low cal recipes and trying them out. There are loads on pinterest.

Jetblack, having two consecutive fast days was ok but nothing I would do on a regular basis. I expected to be much hungrier on the second day but wasn't. I did develop quite a bad headache though in the evening of the second day despite drinking lots and lots of water and tea. Bizarrely enough though, what I struggled with the most was eating normally on the third day. Got up late so had a bigger breakfast as we had planned to go out for the day. I don't think I had that much to eat, two scrambled eggs, two slices of toast, a rasher of bacon and some strawberries, but it left me feeling almost sick, really bloated. Could only stomach a very light dinner that evening. The next day everything was back to normal. So yeah, I'll try to avoid consecutive fasts in the future.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

butterandcrumpets Sun 11-Aug-13 08:32:54

Oh sorry for epic post blush

PeasandCucumbers Sun 11-Aug-13 11:34:50

Well we are home and had a lovely break. I am now trying to decide whether to fast today. Haven't had anything to eat so far so think I will probably go for it.

Hi to luvvies, glad to see everyone is doing well. Am planning a very lazy day and following the tip up thread am going to look up low cal ideas on pinterest smile

Luvvies Sun 11-Aug-13 14:26:22

Hi Peas what did you decide?

I've worked out my soup will be about 200 so tomorrow evening I'm going to have that plus a salad and a couple of hard boiled eggs. Also keeping scope for a mid afternoon banana. Or supper if I can hold out.

I'm trying to keep my FDs low carb or at least low GI.

PeasandCucumbers Sun 11-Aug-13 15:59:06

Yes I am fasting and have just had a salad of rocket, tomato, cucumber and low fat mozarela which came to 105 cals and was very tasty! Also I had to go to the supermarket which I have never done before on a FD but was actually ok. Feeling fine at the moment, so fingers crossed it stays that way. Still have some catching up on sleep to do after the weekend so am planning on an early night

Wearytiger Mon 12-Aug-13 09:17:42

Fasting again today. I have lost another pound which takes me to seven pounds in total since 7th July when I started. That's half a stone, right? I am pleased. My target is 1.5 stone (possibly more after that but that's the minimum I need to feel like my pre-preg self). So I guess I am a third of the way there!

Good luck to everyone else. spaniel if you're still checking in come and say hi!

SpanielFace Mon 12-Aug-13 09:59:31

Hi all, I'm also fasting today. No weight loss this week, suspect because I didn't fast at all the week before last. Determined to be good this week! How is everyone getting on today?

SpanielFace Mon 12-Aug-13 10:00:03

PS fantastic loss Tiger, well done!

butterandcrumpets Mon 12-Aug-13 10:59:37

Well done, Tiger. I lost a pound too, so 3 pounds in two weeks with which I am very happy. Fasting today too and sending good vibes to Spaniel and every one else.

goodgollygosh Mon 12-Aug-13 15:18:02

Hello! Just wondering if I could join in the chat? I've been doing the 5:2 for 5wks and have lost a stone so far. Last week I was way off track I ate like a hog! I put it down to my mother taking my 2 oldest children on holiday so having just the younger 2 at home I was completely out of routine and had so much more time. Which resulted in me baking and eating lots. But I'm back on track and am fasting today. All I've had is a lemon tea 25cals? I'm a vegetarian so on fast days I tend to either have a tomato soup or omelette with 2 light cheese slices broken up in it. (If I close my eyes it could be melted cheese). I'm not going to weigh for 2wks because I'm going to focus putting right my binge last week. My last weigh in I was 11st 13lb.

WhyohWhyCantIThinkofaFabName Mon 12-Aug-13 15:38:23

Well done on everyone's weightloss. I hope everyone who is fasting today is doing ok so far? I had my first official weigh in this morning after starting out last Monday and was hugely impressed to find an 8 1/2lb weightloss!! (I have a lot to lose but have NEVER lost that much in my first week on any diet!) my DH is also on board and he lost a fantastic 6lb! I have felt fantastic all week and have made much better food choices...I seem to have loads more energy too. I have been lucky in that I have found the fasts easy to cope with...I spent the 1st one acting all delicate as I was worried I'd faint!! I now know I can just get on with life as normal. I find it easier to eat nothing all day and then use my 500cals for an evening meal. I'm hoping for a 2-3lb loss next week...am feeling very motivated and positive and finally in control!! grin

goodgollygosh Mon 12-Aug-13 18:41:13

Whyohwhy that's amazing! Well done, I also find it easier to not eat all day and just have a 500cal meal in the evening. I'm aiming for another 24hr fast tomorrow. Just to kick start myself after my week off last week. I'm already feeling better being back on it. How many cals would you say you are having on your non fast days?

Luvvies Mon 12-Aug-13 20:50:37

Well done whyohwhy. I'd also be interested to know what your calorie intake is on your non fast days. I'm conscious that this isn't going to work if I overeat in the way I have done in the past that's got me overweight in the first place!

I lost a stone over about 3 months before starting this. That had some spells of eating about 1500 cals and spells of just eating without really counting anything. So I was losing for a few weeks, then stabilising, then losing again.

I've fasted today, gone fine. I'll be weighing in on Fridays.

WhyohWhyCantIThinkofaFabName Mon 12-Aug-13 22:48:00

Well done on today fast Luvvies..I'm glad it went well...mine soon zipped by....good luck for tomorrow's too Goodgolly! I'm glad you are feeling better for it already too...I thought my friend was talking it up somewhat but it has been the same for me!
I haven't been logging my calories but it's fair to say I am eating a fair bit less than normal on my non fast days and mostly healthier stuff...my husband had us doing a veg only day on Saturday (he hates veg but is obviously liking the health benefits too) I've probably been eating what a healthy sized person eats (possibly more as my portions aren't the best)...i've looked out the smaller plates...I've stopped snacking on rubbish mindlessly in between meals as i know now i don't need it...but I have had treats if I wanted them..there has been the odd pack of crisps involved...and crumpets and Nutella (a bit of a favourite) as a lunch rather than a snack! Obviously most of the weight was water this week...but it was great motivation with having so much to lose!

Hello, mind if I join in?

I started 5:2 last Monday, but didn't manage to get a second fast day in last week, as I was just exhausted and ravenous for the rest of the week, so I'm considering it a test run. I did fast day 2 yesterday, and am hoping I don't get the same insatiable appetite and horrendous headache today.

I need to lose about a stone, but a little more would be nice. I'm already 4lbs since starting. I lost 3st last year just calorie counting on MFP over about 6 months, but I've ended up putting about a stone of that back on this year. The last stone was a bastard to get rid of first time round, so I think I need more drastic measures, and so far I haven't found fast days too difficult!

So yes. That's me. Hello!

butterandcrumpets Tue 13-Aug-13 09:30:51

Hello everyone and welcome Mackerel. Had a successful fast day yesterday and came in at around 440cals. Should I have eaten more? I was wondering the other day whether it's important to eat the 500cal (I know that on ww you are told to always eat your points). I could have easily had an Options hot chocolate to make up the cals but didn't really feel like it. What do you ladies think?

AphraBehn Tue 13-Aug-13 09:49:59

Hi to everyone that's just joined the thread.

butter I don't worry if I'm a bit under on FDs as some days I might go 50/60 calories over. I wouldn't do less than 400/410 though as you could have something quite substantial for those extra calories.

goodgollygosh Tue 13-Aug-13 09:51:46

Butterandcrumpets, I quite often don't make the 500 on my fast days. I know of some people who don't eat on fast days! Yesterday my cal intake came to 460 I had a packet of couscous and two lift lemon teas which are about 22cals. I'm fasting again today going for a 24hr fast tonight I'm going to have a quorn sandwich about 250cals then I'm taking the kids swimming in the evening then if I'm peckish when I get back I will have a small tin of Heinz tomato soup which is about 170cals.
Hope everyone has a good day, I'm hoping to fit in another fast day on Friday. My weigh in is usually a Saturday but I'm not going to weigh for 2wks. I get a print out from boots and stick it to my fridge.

PeasandCucumbers Tue 13-Aug-13 09:53:23

Well it's FD for me again today. Did 3 last week (I count a week as Mon-Sun) so this is the first for this week. It is this time of day I find really hard so going to go and make myself a cup of tea and hope that helps.

Good luck to anyone fasting today

JetBlack Tue 13-Aug-13 10:44:42

FD for me as well today. It was meant to be yesterday but DP made me a big lunch, I haven't told him I'm 5-2ing so I would have felt mean not eating it after he spent ages making it.

Think I'll do 3 fasts this week, today, thursday and saturday but I'll see how it goes.

PeasandCucumbers Tue 13-Aug-13 23:37:47

Another one over grin

Haven't decided when I am doing my next one but pleased to get fast no. 6 completed!

I have decided it really makes no difference that I didn't weigh myself before I started 5:2ing as my scales are rubbish. They gave me 3 different weights in the space of about 5 mins!! Using public ones is not a bad idea good golly, do you find them reliable?

Wearytiger Wed 14-Aug-13 07:50:16

You guys are motivating me to be a bit stricter on fast days, my calories have been creeping up a bit and I am probably averaging 550 now. I know this is still a very small amount and that 500 is an arbitrary number but I will try and make sure I come under from now ... I'm short and not very active so I really need to maximise the benefit.

I think I will fast again on Friday. I'm back at work then, j think it will be easier but let's see!

goodgollygosh Wed 14-Aug-13 09:38:28

Peasandcucumbers I find the scales at boots very good, I have tried at 2 different boots and have got the same reading on the same day. Its great when I can see my BMI coming down it started at 33.
What I'm finding the hardest is my husband not being very understanding or supportive. He thinks I'm fine as iam, which I'm clearly not! He doesn't understand that on fast days I need to go to bed early so I'm away from the kitchen.
Is anyone else counting cals on non fast days? I hope by my youngest first birthday in November I can loose another 2st, does that sound achievable? Or am I being a bit hard on myself.
Well today is a non fast day but I'm aiming for 1500cals on these.
Hope everyone has a great day.

PeasandCucumbers Wed 14-Aug-13 10:46:08

Thanks golly I might try that then.

I'm not counting calories on my NFD's but am trying to be sensible without depriving myself. I went for a curry on Mon eve (though I did stop eating when I started to feel full) and had a bar of choc during the day but I don't do either of those every NFD.

2 stone by Nov seems quite ambitious to me but I suppose it depends on many factors and when in Nov you are aiming for. Also to have lost any substantial amount of weight before your DC turns one is a fantastic achievement so congratulate yourself regardless of the exact number. I only want to lose a stone and am happy for this not to be a quick fix.

What really helped yesterday was I went for a very long walk with a friend last night. It was along a river through fields so no opportunity for snacking combined with some gentle exercise. We were looking for geocaches and so ended up being out for about 2.5hours which meant I had the whole evening out of the house and that is usually a time I would be tempted to snack.

goodgollygosh Wed 14-Aug-13 11:03:29

I have lost a stone already, that was in 4wks then I had last week off. I know that was mainly water and the fact that I was pretty much addicted to normal coke and now all I drink is water. I'm a vegetarian but was easily eating 200g of chocolate a day yes I was a greedy swine! I'm having 3 fast days every week and down from a 16 to a 14.
I too went out last night, I went swimming at 5.30 with the 3 older children (the pool is empty at that time) we were there for about 2 hrs. Even though it ast so much swimming but more lazing about in he hot baby pool it got me away from temptation!

AphraBehn Wed 14-Aug-13 11:20:21

goodgollygosh You've done really well.

First FD of the week for me and boy do I need it! Fish and veg for tea but only water and green tea up until then.

goodgollygosh Wed 14-Aug-13 11:52:44

Thanks aphrabehn, the coke was the hardest (sound like a drug addict now) the first week I was like one big spot, my face was plastered! But I will never go back I drink about 3 litres of water a day. I was always a size 10 and 9st up until after my fourth child was born. I had my first csection and developed neuralgia not long afterwards, I haven't had an attack since February but Was house bound until then. I was doped up on tramadol and 2 other tablets to control the neuralgia and could hardly do a thing with baby.
So I'm having my first meal on my nf day. 50g rice with handful of quorn pieces, onions and peppers cooked in paprika and garlic. I plan to have tomato soup for tea then a frozen mars bar (not an ice cream one) whilst I finish my book.
Sorry for the long post and I hope no one minds me posting what I'm eating on a nf day?

Wearytiger Wed 14-Aug-13 16:39:56

Goodgollygosh I gave up coke a year and a half ago and I can honestly say that a single day hasn't gone by when I haven't wished I could have it again. It's ridiculously addictive I think. I think your progress is really amazing but I wouldn't push yourself too hard as you've achieved a lot already! How about two stone by the new year? Then you can make sure you don't jeopardise all your hard work by binging over Christmas?

Wearytiger Wed 14-Aug-13 16:40:39

Coke the drink! Although I am sure my comment applies to the other stuff as well!

goodgollygosh Wed 14-Aug-13 17:01:54

Wearytiger I think you ae right I probably am being a bit hard on myself, new year is probably more realistic without me trying too much. I have to admit I tried that coke zero, but it was going from one addiction to the another so I'm just on water (don't like tea or coffee).
How long have you been doing this?

butterandcrumpets Wed 14-Aug-13 19:40:02

I had planned a fast day today but the moment I woke up I new it wouldn't happened. So I just skipped breakfast, had a light lunch and carb free dinner. Came in at about 780cal which I thinks is still pretty good as a low calorie day. Frozen mars bars sound amazing, golly grin

goodgollygosh Thu 15-Aug-13 09:23:25

Morning all. Good luck to anybody on a fast today. I have heard all of people fasting every other day, has anyone else heard of this? I'm going to make a huge batch of lentil soup later, nice and filling for fast days.

Luvvies Fri 16-Aug-13 08:28:42

Hi everyone.

I've lost 3 lb. I started last Friday, fasted then, again on Monday and Wednesday, as those were the most convenient days. I'm not fasting again until Monday.

Fast days are going absolutely fine, I even reached all 5 portions of my 5 a day in one meal according to my app on weds.

Non fast days, still picking at bad foods. Oops.

But overall I'm not complaining!

How's everyone else doing?

PeasandCucumbers Fri 16-Aug-13 08:40:06

FD for me again today but my 8yo DS is home from cub camp this eve and I can't wait to see him so hoping that will take my mind off food for the day. He's been gone since first thing Mon and we have had no contact with him since!!

That's a great loss luvvies, well done

Golly I'm not fasting every other day but I have fasted 2 days out of 3 and it was fine, I thought with only one normal day eating in between the second FD would be harder but it wasn't.

goodgollygosh Fri 16-Aug-13 12:06:09

Well done luvvies that brilliant!
Fast day for me too. I was really controlled yesterday though! I made my most favourite food homemade macaroni cheese and I didn't have any I just had a quorn ham sandwich and watched everyone else eat it. Then I made my lentil soup and the children all said how nice it smelt (hinting for some) so I made a batch of rosemary and onion muffins and didn't eat a single one.the kids had them buttered with soup.
Plan for today is water lots of it until 5 when I will have a bowl of lentil soup.

Wearytiger Fri 16-Aug-13 20:33:05

I fasted today ... Annoyingly was on track for a great day as had 350 cal dinner bought and ready. Then got derailed by an unexpected drink after work, where I really didn't want to not drink (because they would all definitely think I was pregnant!) So I had a vodka tonic that I didn't want at all! Annoying. Never mind though. I ate no biscuits at all in the team meeting today so that's a big step forward for me!

PeasandCucumbers Fri 16-Aug-13 20:59:28

Weary was it a slimline tonic? I read on the thread about going to the pub that a single vodka was only 52 cals so your day hasn't been totally derailed.

I have had a good day, very busy and hence have only eaten half a raw carrot and a really lovely Hugh F-W recipe from his Veg cookbook that has only come out at 970 cals for the lot that is supposed to serve 6. I have just had about a quarter of it and am saving a similar sized portion for my next FD so I still have about 200 cals left and I don't want to leave that many uneaten cals!!

Have a good weekend everyone smile

Wearytiger Fri 16-Aug-13 21:07:56

Doubt it. A man bought it. So prob a double as well. I didn't want it!

goodgollygosh Sat 17-Aug-13 10:08:44

Hey all! Had a good day yesterday fasted all day with probably too much water, I just kept drinking pint after pint, constantly needed to wee, must of had about 5 litres. For my meal I had 30g of spaghetti with quorn meatballs with tomatoes, onions and garlic. Had 3 meatballs so a very small portion but very tasty!
Has anyone weighed this week?

Wearytiger Sat 17-Aug-13 13:14:14

I weigh in on Mondays now good as it's a kind of worst case for me after the havoc wreaked on the weekend!

goodgollygosh Sat 17-Aug-13 15:01:43

I wasn't going to, but I weighed down boots! I'm 3lb down this week. I didn't weigh last week because I had that week off. My b,I is now at 29 so I'm no longer obese just overweight plus I'm in the 11st region (even if it is the higher end) I've lost 17lb in 5wks (not counting my week off). I'm so pleased and its really got me back on track. I'm being good today not fasting but eating well.
Good luck everyone else for their weigh in.

PeasandCucumbers Sun 18-Aug-13 00:35:44

Wow golly that's amazing! I meant to try & weigh in Boots today and totally forgot but as I had a FD yesterday prob better to weigh after a regular day so might try and get there tomorrow

PeasandCucumbers Sun 18-Aug-13 11:39:13

Well I weighed in Boots this morning and am very pleased. I have been doing 5:2 for 3 weeks and have done 7 FD's in that time. I wanted to lose about a stone but due to scale issues I didn't have a totally accurate starting weight. This morning I weighed 10st 9lbs with a BMI of 25.3. According to the print out the top of my healthy weight is 10st 7lbs so I am now only 1lb overweight and I am delighted grin I thought my start weight was 10 13 so I think I have lost 4lbs in 3 weeks which considering I have been to a wedding and had a weekend away I think is great.

At least now I have an accurate weight to work from now.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I am FD again tomorrow

goodgollygosh Sun 18-Aug-13 15:33:30

Well done peasandcucumbers! I bet you ae pleased, I can't wait until I'm in the 10st region! I'm having anothe fast day today, it was planned but I woke up with te period from hell! Since having baby I usually have mild periods with minimum bleeding and no cramps. Well there was blood everywhere on the bed it was awful. (Sorry guys I'm sure none of you needed to be told that). My stomach is agony cramping on and off (thought I was in labour haha). I feel for anyone who suffers like this every month. I can't stomach to eat today. I've drank about 10 pints of water so far and for dinner tonight I'm going to have (30g dry)smash (100 cals) with 4 quorn meatballs fried (1cal) with an onion and one tablespoon of bisto made up with water yum. I know it sounds like crap haha but I really fancy it.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Luvvies Mon 19-Aug-13 08:46:42

Morning everyone and well done on the weight losses. Seems everyone is doing well.

Fast day for me today. Just jumped on the scales and I've maintained the loss from last week, which feels like a good starting point.

goodgollygosh Mon 19-Aug-13 08:53:55

That's great luvvies! Good luck for today! Its a nfd for me but I'm still being careful.

butterandcrumpets Mon 19-Aug-13 09:17:08

Well done, everyone for keeping up the fasting. Some great results, too. According to my scales, I haven't lost any weight last week but my jeans seem a little looser and one of my favourite tops is not as tight anymore around the arms so I suppose that's something. Fast day for me today too.

TheUnicornsGoHawaiian Mon 19-Aug-13 09:20:52

Just having a read through...can I join you all please. Have been thinking about doing this for a while. smile

Wearytiger Mon 19-Aug-13 09:31:11

I forgot to weigh in this morning so will skip it until next week. Into my second fast day at work today, OK so far!

AphraBehn Mon 19-Aug-13 11:13:52

No loss for me this week, only to be expected as I only did one FD last week, it's TOTM and I ate out twice. I've also not run for nearly 3 weeks.

Am fasting today and Wednesday and plan to run at least twice this week so hopefully will see a difference next weigh in.

Luvvies Mon 19-Aug-13 12:16:58

Welcome Unicorns

When do you think you first fast day will be?

PeasandCucumbers Mon 19-Aug-13 14:51:09

FD for me today and so far I have eaten an apple and drank lots! I'm undecided about how I am going to split my calories as my dinner is already done and in the fridge and is only around 250 so will probably eat that early then have a snack later this eve .

Butter it is the NSV's that actually mean something and have a bigger effect on my motivation as ultimately that is what we probably all want, looser or smaller sized clothes and to feel good in them. The number on the scale is just that, a number, so I hope you are still pleased with yourself.

Hi to unicorn, hope your first FD goes well.

I am planning on only weighing once a fortnight in the hope that I will see a change in the numbers if I don't weigh every week. I am now into my fourth week and I cannot remember the last time I went on a diet or tried to change my eating habits that I have stuck to for this long so something must be working smile

butterandcrumpets Mon 19-Aug-13 17:41:29

Fast day here too and so far have eaten a boiled egg and probably drank my own body weight in green tea. Am roasting a chicken at the moment and will have some with a big bowl of salad later. You are right, peas, NSVs can have a big effect on motivation and I should 'listen' to them more. Maybe weighing in once a fortnight is the way forward, I'll give it a go.

TheUnicornsGoHawaiian Mon 19-Aug-13 18:05:22

Thanks everyone.

luvvies tomorrow will be my fast day. I have read lots about 5:2 todau to prepare myself. How many calories do you consume on non fast days?

Also how do you split your 500 cals on fast days? smile

Luvvies Mon 19-Aug-13 19:51:39

On non fast days the honest answer is that so far I've probably eaten "too much". Not dropped any bad habits yet. All the talk in the book about wanting to eat healthily hasn't hit me yet! But I haven't counted the calories.

But I lost 3 lb anyway!

So I'm not going to worry until the weight loss stalls. Of course I'll try to eat more healthily, but I'm all for only changing what you can at a time. The fasting is my change, and I'm managing that so far.

I've only done 4 fast days so far though!!!!

For the first 3, I didn't eat until about 5 pm, then had a healthy meal, with a portion of protein and masses of veg or salad. Today was different, I felt nauseous by lunchtime, so had a 43 cal soup. This eve I've not felt too well, so just had weetabix and some chicken as I didn't want to prepare a meal. Odd combination!!

I don't think the feeling unwell is related. I'm on some relatively new medication with some pretty strong side effects and I'm having to increase the dosage. Last night I doubled it again, so I need to habituate to them again.

PeasandCucumbers Mon 19-Aug-13 21:41:03

I also tend to leave it as long as possible and on my last few FD's (including today which was FD 8 for me) I have managed with only an apple (50 cals) and water and black tea during the day. I then have a decent meal at around 6ish of about 300 cals which leaves approx 150 for an evening snack which means I don't go to bed hungry. For me the mornings are worst but once I get past 12 /1 I find the afternoon fine. It really is not as difficult as I thought it would be and definitely gets easier as you learn what to expect and when your own hunger peaks will be.

My FD today was nearly scuppered by a very stressful late afternoon that left me really wanting a glass of wine but I have managed to resist (not that there is any in the house to resist!) Am feeling pleased now that I didn't give in to it!!

Wearytiger Mon 19-Aug-13 21:41:43

I fasted today but had lunch instead of dinner ... Didn't work as well but was more convenient at the time. I could do it again, it wasn't possibly difficult, but I will try and avoid it.

Luvvies, at the moment I eat and drink whatever I want on NFDs. I actually want to lose weight slowly and steadily and at the moment this works for me. Plus I'd like to have something in reserve if I start plateauing before I reach my target.

Wearytiger Mon 19-Aug-13 21:42:21

Impossibly difficult!

Wearytiger Mon 19-Aug-13 21:43:22

Sorry that should have been addressed to unicorns! Oh dear...

Luvvies Tue 20-Aug-13 22:44:15

How did you get on Unicorns?

randomwhistle Wed 21-Aug-13 10:36:37

Hi it's me goodgollygosh. Fast day for me here too. Lots of water then a quorn escalope with 50g couscous for tea tonight. Good luck to anyone fasting.

TheUnicornsGoHawaiian Wed 21-Aug-13 13:09:42

luvvies it went ok. Had a ryvita about 11am and a big chicken salad for my evening meal. Had a 99 cal choc bar in the evening. Lots of water.

Felt really head achey last night but I think could be because I hadnt had any caffeine.

Was pleased though. Normal eating today and then a fast day again tomorrow. smile

thank you for asking.

butterandcrumpets Wed 21-Aug-13 14:17:16

Fasting again today and it's going very well so far. I am definitely not bothered anymore by feeling hungry. Probably going to have a chicken salad tonight but not sure yet. Watching old episodes of Celebrity Masterchef (enjoying the last weeks of the summer hols) and maybe this will give me some inspiration grin

Luvvies Wed 21-Aug-13 14:53:54

Well done Unicorns. I'll be there with you tomorrow.

Wearytiger Thu 22-Aug-13 08:29:34

Weighed myself today and have now lost nine lbs since starting at the beginning of July (eight weeks). I am really pleased. Another nine pounds to go and I will have met my first target (achieve pre pregnancy weight... might set another one after that.) so half way there! I'm going up treat myself to new clothes when I get there (not if).

butterandcrumpets Thu 22-Aug-13 13:47:31

Well done, weary!

Luvvies Thu 22-Aug-13 17:40:02

Great going weary!

PeasandCucumbers Thu 22-Aug-13 18:46:51

That's fantastic weary! In fact just sticking to a WOE for 8 weeks is fantastic!

FD for me tomorrow. Will have had 3 NFD's in between but I will be busy so should be fine, will just need to resist the temptation of a drink on a Fri evening!

Wearytiger Thu 22-Aug-13 19:31:37

Yes the way of eating point is definitely what makes me proudest. I have literally never dieted before in my life and just have always thought I had no will power but now I think it's at least in part because other diets are artificially restrictive. If the worst that ever happens is that you can eat it tomorrow, anyone can hold back!

Luvvies Fri 23-Aug-13 07:18:57

Weigh in - 3 lb this week, which is 6lb in total over 2 weeks. Chuffed to bits.

Wearytiger Fri 23-Aug-13 08:51:03

Brilliant luvvies, celebrate this weekend! Fast day for me today!

randomwhistle Fri 23-Aug-13 16:17:34

Great results weary and luvvies! Weigh in day for me tomorrow down boots, will post when I get back. 3lb would be lovely but any loss is a thumbs up!
Bought myself a size 10 dress to wear for baby's 1st birthday in November. I'm going to hang it up on my wardrobe no escaping it then.
Fast day for me yesterday and another on Sunday. Anyone on mfp want to be buddy's?

randomwhistle Sat 24-Aug-13 10:19:23

5lb off for me this week bringing my BMI down to 28!!!!! I'm so happy, I did have the worst period of my life so that's contributed but I've had 3 fast days and no more than 1200 on the other days.

Luvvies Sat 24-Aug-13 14:06:23

Random that's brilliant, really well done, although I'm so sorry to hear you've been going through a tough time.

randomwhistle Sat 24-Aug-13 14:48:04

Thanks luvvies! Though by 'period' I mean my monthly! Just incase anyone thinks something dreadful has happened!

randomwhistle Sat 24-Aug-13 15:18:56

Anyone on mfp want to add me? I'm Natty85Natty

Luvvies Sat 24-Aug-13 20:16:15

Oops and phew grin

Luvvies Mon 26-Aug-13 16:03:11

So I've been out to lunch today with a friend who feels she can't do 5:2 as she'll get too hungry, fair enough. I'm not one to evangelise. I really think you have to find what works for you.

But she has a constant "got to be good" approach. Not for me.

I was watching a TV show following 3 slimming clubs the other day, did anyone see that? Again, all credit to those people losing weight their way, but I'm really pleased that I've found this one.

Still early days I know.

Random, I applaud your 1200 on your NFDs. My BMI is much higher than that too. (No wonder haha).

But I am finding I am not thinking about food as muich on NFDs. Could be new meds though - side effect of loss of appetite. Is that cheating I wonder? Either way, can't complain.

Hope everyone's doing well, don't lose interest in this thread guys! Newbies welcome to join - although there are other main threads on this topic - this is just a little side one.

randomwhistle Mon 26-Aug-13 16:16:55

I'm still here luvvies, hopefully the thread will wake up a bit, gone very quiet! I'm having another fast day today going to go for 4 this week just to try and get a good loss ready for the kids going back! I'm enjoying having the one meal and because its something tasty I don't feel like I'm fasting. I had a vegetarian tesco Kiev and half a packet of ainsley couscous.

Luvvies Mon 26-Aug-13 16:41:59

Four!!!!!! Wow you sure??? That's hard core.

Glad you're ok though. I was imaging all sorts! I blame my meds (list of side effects your arm long, mainly cognitive processing), so good example there "period", now, what could that mean? Durrrrr

FD for me tomorrow and Thurs or Fri.

randomwhistle Mon 26-Aug-13 16:53:57

That's me I'm solid ;-)
I had to clear up the confusion with the 'worst period of my life' though in all honesty to milk lots of attention would of been fab!
I'm looking forward to my bed, children are down the beach with my parents (except baby who is tormenting the cats).
Are you doing the one meal on fd or splitting calories?

PeasandCucumbers Mon 26-Aug-13 23:46:04

I'm still here but I think people are probably just enjoying the BH weekend. I have enjoyed it too much I think and have eaten far too much today!! Was toying with the idea of a FD which obviously didn't happen but will have to tomorrow I think despite a planned picnic with friends.

Have been feeling quite demotivated this weekend but that is probably due to DH being away ( home first thing tomorrow smile) and have been really tempted to weigh despite only planning on doing it once a fortnight.

Please don't give up on this thread people as it is really helping me even when I am not actually posting.

Hope everyone has enjoyed a guilt free BH smile

Wearytiger Tue 27-Aug-13 06:16:46

I'm fasting today as well. Four day week people, hurray!

PeasandCucumbers Tue 27-Aug-13 08:46:17

FD for me today too. We are going to a friends for lunch and I have just sent her text to tell her that I won't actually be eating!!

Am thinking that I may need to do 3 FD's this week as I feel I have overeaten and I really want to see a difference on the scales when I weigh in on Sun. Has anyone ever done back to back fasts? I haven't actually read anything about 5:2 other than what is on these pages so wondering whether this is 'allowed' or not

Hope your FD goes well today weary smile

butterandcrumpets Tue 27-Aug-13 08:48:49

Am still here too. Have started to prepare the new school year and had cut myself off from all distractions for a couple of days to get things going. Had a fast day yesterday which I struggled through and came in at about 700cals (TOTM never a good week) and will fast again tomorrow. Hope everyone is well and had a relaxing Bank Holiday.

butterandcrumpets Tue 27-Aug-13 08:52:17

Hi Peas, I did a back to back a couple of weeks ago. It was ok, I wasn't any hungrier on the second day. It's not recommended though I think although I don't know why.

PeasandCucumbers Tue 27-Aug-13 18:16:18

Well so far so good, an apple, a few cucumber slices and a couple of cherry tomatos during the day followed by a stew type thing that I just made up as I went along and is about 300 for a big pot (veggie with some lentils). Have had about half so far and will finish it later with enough cals for an options and small snack this eve smile

AphraBehn Wed 28-Aug-13 20:04:10

First FD for me in nearly 2 weeks blush. Last week was a write off with an awful TOTM so I haven't weighed myself at all this week as I didn't want to be disappointed with a gsin. I'll hope for an overall loss next week.

Lovely to hear all your success stories though. Well done all smile.

PeasandCucumbers Wed 28-Aug-13 23:52:46

Feeling more positive about it all again now and had a good FD yesterday.

I was hoping to do 3 FD's this week which would have meant back to back fasts as I want to weigh on Sun as that will be 2 weeks since my last weigh but I don't want to weigh the day after a fast as my last weigh wasn't and I want to keep things similar. If I weigh the day after a FD I think it will better than it would be otherwise and more unrealistic.

Anyway I have now decided 3 FD's in one week including 2 back to back is too much so am going to do 2 FD's, 4 normal days plus one reduced calorie day but not as low as 500. Hopefully this combined with the 10 mile bike ride I did this evening will result in at least a 2lb loss!!!

Sorry for the rambling!!!

Luvvies Fri 30-Aug-13 05:28:13

Up early to catch a train. Quick check in with a weigh in. Another 3 lb this week, total 9 lb over 3 weeks.

PeasandCucumbers Fri 30-Aug-13 21:54:20

Well yesterday was supposed to be a FD but by mid afternoon, having sat in a single meeting from 9, I succumbed to the chocolate chunks that had been on the table all day and had 2. If it had not been for these the day would not have been too bad, but probably still over 500 as once I knew I had blown it I did lose interest!!

So it was take two today and am currently around 440 grin As I said in an earlier post I was planning on 2 FD's which I have now achieved with one other low cal day which thanks to yesterday's fail I have also achieved. Fingers crossed for the scales on Sunday!!!

Luvvies that is amazing!!! I will be super chuffed if I get a 3lb lose in 2 weeks, I am hoping for 2 but not overly confident, I may be asking for tips next week!

Luvvies Sat 31-Aug-13 23:32:22

I'm sure it helps that I have a lot to lose in the first place.
Let us know what the scales say tomorrow Peas. Fingers crossed for you.

PeasandCucumbers Sun 01-Sep-13 15:37:07

Well not that great, a 1lb loss. Better than nothing and my bmi is now between 24 -25 so am pleased with that. It is TOTM at the moment (started yesterday) so am sort of using that as an excuse for not losing the 2lbs I was aiming for.

FD again tomorrow and will try to be a little bit more careful on NFD's and see if that helps. As DH said at least it is going in the right direction, albeit slowly!!!

Wearytiger Sun 01-Sep-13 19:49:52

peas I am on a 1lb weight loss a week. Honestly I am happy with it, I know the weight's not shifting quickly but I would much rather have slow and steady weight loss that doesn't require much effort on my part or disrupt my social life. Hang on in there! A pound a week is 50lb in a year!

PeasandCucumbers Sun 01-Sep-13 22:21:38

Thanks weary I agree but I only weigh in once a fortnight!!! I was hoping for 2lbs and would have been happy with that. I'm not overly disappointed and am definitely not giving up. TBH it was probably a 1lb loss this week and nothing the week before due to enjoying the bank holiday a little too much wink

Wearytiger Mon 02-Sep-13 06:38:09

peas I've just weighed in and lost nothing this week! Ironic as is my first week of no loss! So I know how you feel! Next week will be better i hope!

PeasandCucumbers Mon 02-Sep-13 08:32:03

FD for me again today, I always find it easier to get one out of the way early in the week. Hope everyone has had a good weekend smile

weary I was working out cals etc last night and my TDEE is around 1800 which means eating to that for 5 days and then 500 on 2 days results in a calorie deficiency of 2600 per week. Everything I have read says that for a 1lb loss you need to drop 3500 cals so I can't aim for more than that off each week but as you said it still adds up over a year and overall it is not a very restrictive diet!

PeasandCucumbers Tue 03-Sep-13 20:58:06

Well I bombed out again yesterday, second week in a row that I have abandoned a FD!! Anyway I have pulled it back today with a really good (and easy) FD. I still have about half my cals left to eat. It's just weird how some days are so difficult and others it is so easy. I have been really busy today getting the children ready for school tomorrow so that always helps, but I was at work yesterday so not just sat around the house! I might figure it out eventually!!

Wearytiger Tue 03-Sep-13 21:25:17

I did a fast day yesterday. It's really becoming routine for me now. I do sometimes slip up but more out of poor planning than because I can't do the fast, iyswim. As per what you were saying peas,I have worked out that on a lb a week I can achieve my first goal (shift post preg 1.5 stone) by the start of November. I will be so delighted if I can lose a stone and a half between July and November, I have never ever lost weight before!

Wearytiger Tue 03-Sep-13 21:26:29

Btw spaniel are you still out there? Just wanted to give you some more flowers!

AphraBehn Wed 04-Sep-13 11:04:26

Did my two FDs last week, showing an overall loss on Saturday morning and then went out and got utterly and spectatularly drunk on Saturday night. So drunk it took me until Monday to feel normal again. Unfortunately my recovery was in part due to the huge amount of fats, sugar and carbs I ate blush.

Will repair the damage this week.

Luvvies Thu 05-Sep-13 08:54:44

Well I fasted on Monday and yesterday. Scales show no loss since last Friday so I'm going to do another one today just to help things along.
Not done back to back before, interested to see how it goes.

PeasandCucumbers Thu 05-Sep-13 22:09:18

FD for me again today and it has gone well. I am out tomorrow evening so depending on whether I am hungover or not I may do a third FD at the weekend. Have been out for a long walk with a friend this evening so hopefully burned off a few more calories whilst also taking my mind off food grin

How did back to back FD go luvvies? Sounds pretty hardcore!!!

Luvvies Thu 05-Sep-13 22:33:39

It's been absolutely fine. To be honest I haven't struggled yet with hunger on any FDs. I just kept very busy. Today I had a half portion of beef and black bean sauce (194 cals), a slice of toast, green salad and a raw carrot!
And an options hot choc.
Which totals 395.

I think I may be 1 lb down in the morning. If so it will be 1lb this week. Which is less than my previous weeks and I've had 3 fasts and not overeaten on NFDs.

But I'm not complaining.

I'll update in the morning.

Luvvies Fri 06-Sep-13 07:33:18

Just sneaked 1lb off
Stats: 10lbs, 4weeks.

PeasandCucumbers Fri 06-Sep-13 08:24:32

Wow luvvies that's brilliant! This is week 6 for me and as of last Sun I had lost 5lbs. I have been really good this week so hoping to have lost another 1lb this week which would make 6lbs in 6 weeks which I would be happy with. I am not supposed to be weighing in this week but I am very tempted to so we will see how I feel on Sun

Have a good weekend everyone, I'm going to try not to undo all my good work this evening!!!

Wearytiger Fri 06-Sep-13 19:14:58

luvvies great work! aphra you sound like my kind of dieter...

On a fast today, will try very hard not to weight myself before Monday morning

PeasandCucumbers Sat 07-Sep-13 23:12:02

Aphra I'm guessing I feel today like you did last Sun! Was actually ill last night when I got home blush and I really can't remember the last time that happened. Poor DH then had to babysit me! Had to take DD to ballet in a taxi at lunchtime, funnily enough she didn't ask why weren't going in the car.

Anyway the upshot of all this has been a fairly modest day calorie wise today and clearly no alcohol tonight (or for a while!!!) I still feel awful and am really hoping that Iwill feel normal again in the morning but given how I feel now I am not holding out much hope!!

DH has convinced me not to weigh tomorrow and to stick to fortnightly so will have to try and have a really good week and hold out til next Sun for a weigh in (which is my wedding anniversarygrin)

Luvvies Sun 08-Sep-13 10:36:05

Bah! Four lbs back on since Friday!
Maybe I just need a big poo?

Careful day today and FD tomorrow.

rusmum Sun 08-Sep-13 11:47:56

I'm starting tomorrow! 20lb to lose. Been yo yo ing so hoping this issues a long term solution! No idea what I'm having bit going to fast mon and we'd, eat breakfast and lunch but skip tea!!

PeasandCucumbers Sun 08-Sep-13 17:26:01

Well I am having another FD today as I wanted 3 this week and at least 2 of my NFD's I ate less than my TDEE so hopefully will see results next weekend. Have only had an apple to eat so far. I know tomorrow would not have been a good day to fast on so will have to be Tues & possibly Thurs this week.

Welcome to rusmum smile

Luvvies you have still lost 6lbs which is more than I had at my last weigh in and I had done 5 weeks at that point so try not to be too disappointed.

AphraBehn Sun 08-Sep-13 18:30:54

Ha peas, that's not a FD, it's a 2 day hangover wink.

FD for me, doing one on a Sunday is hard and my family are grumpy because I haven't cooked a roast. Off to London for a friend's birthday tomorrow. I shall be avoiding cocktail bars as it isn't seemly to get drunk on a Monday night.

AphraBehn Sun 08-Sep-13 18:31:22

welcome along rusmum

AphraBehn Sun 08-Sep-13 18:32:36

well done luvvies. Have you 'been' yet?

Luvvies Sun 08-Sep-13 19:25:18

Aphra I "went" and dropped a lb. Not 4, but the right direction!

Wearytiger Sun 08-Sep-13 20:33:01

Hi rusmum... I may join you tomorrow or fast on Tuesday, haven't decided yet! It gets much easier after the first week btw!

rusmum Sun 08-Sep-13 21:45:06

Thanks wink having ? For brekkie, tuna salad for dinner, skipping tea, having coffee but counting milk as calories! ???

Wearytiger Mon 09-Sep-13 08:01:48

I weighed in this morning and have lost another pound so that's ten pounds in total. Hopefully this means I am back on track to lose 1.5 stone by nov (any time would be good but to coincide with my son's birthday would be absolutely great!) Prob fasting tomorrow as have a friend round today ...

AphraBehn Mon 09-Sep-13 08:18:51

1.6lbs off for me, have been stuck at around x stone 9/10lbs for a few weeks as my exercise routine went to pot over the holidays so it was good to finally see xstone 8.2lbs!

Luvvies Mon 09-Sep-13 08:27:57

Well done Weary and Aphra
FD for me too today.

PeasandCucumbers Mon 09-Sep-13 13:28:33

Well done on those losses ladies!! I am feeling a little bit guilty now eating my lunch of lovely bread and brie from the deli down the road from work!! That's not really going to help the cause is it!

Ahpra your comment made me laugh but actually yesterday I was feeling normal again, thankfully!

Planning on fasting tomorrow and them probably Thurs this week. I am really hoping I will have some good news to share at the weekend and am still not sure whether I did the right thing by waiting until next weekend to weigh in as if I had done so yesterday and it wasn't good it may have given me a push to be stricter this week (and not eat bread and Brie for lunch!!)

Neitheronethingortheother Mon 09-Sep-13 15:57:48

Am back fasting today after a break over the summer. Had a lovely salad box with some ham for lunch and will have some sea bass and stir fry for dinner. Going to try Monday and Wednesday.

PeasandCucumbers Tue 10-Sep-13 20:24:08

Hi Neither, if you don't mind me asking how long were you doing 5:2 for before your break and have you put any weight back on since stopping?

I had a day of totally forgetting about losing weight yesterday, after my bread & cheese for lunch I then shared a curry with DH for dinner and had one chunk of a very big toblerone and a glass of wine. Back on it today with a FD, so far so good smile

becky78 Wed 11-Sep-13 09:09:32

Hi, can I join? I've done about 5 weeks on 5:2 now but went on holiday in the middle so mostly cancelled out the good work I had done! Back on the wagon now and FD today (2nd this week) but just dropped my 9mth old DS at nursery for the first time and after both leaving in tears it is taking all my willpower to not crack open the packet of chocolate digestives in the kitchen cupboard :-( I'm 34, have two boys (3 & 9mths), 5'2 and I've lost 4lb so far and a further 1.5 stone to lose.

I've been stalking following this thread for a few weeks and you all seem lovely and at a similar stage to me so thought I would post.

Luvvies Wed 11-Sep-13 10:01:59

Hi Becky and welcome to the team. I think we started at around the same time. Stay strong today and keep busy! Second FD of the week for me too today.

AphraBehn Wed 11-Sep-13 10:44:23

Welcome Becky.

FD for me today and I have been for a 3k run as well. Hoping to get back up to 5k by the end of the month.

Need to decide if I am going to have sausages tonight with rest of the family or if they are a massive waste of calories.

Wearytiger Thu 12-Sep-13 00:37:34

Fast day for me tomorrow. Will be hard as I have done an aphra and am now posting this after many many cocktails! But will try my best to get through as the alternative of a weekend fast is not pleasant to contemplate!

AphraBehn Thu 12-Sep-13 08:15:16

well done wearytiger grin. Hope you feel ok today though.

mmax33 Thu 12-Sep-13 11:55:00

Hi Guys, would it be ok for me to join?! I need some support! I started about three weeks ago and have been struggling as I love my food! I used to be 9 1/2 stone always!! But since getting pregnant, I just used it as an excuse to eat and eat some more! My little boy is 10mths now so need to do something about it!

When I started the 5:2, I was 12st 10 and at 5 ft 6 I feel very uncomfortable in myself. I weighed myself this morning and I'm 11st 13, although I don't feel any better! I survive on very strong coffee during the day. I'm worried as we're going on holiday tomorrow and I now that I'm going to cave in and tuck into anything!! I do enjoy a good glass (bottle!) of wine and decent slab of cheese! How do people cope with holidays/eating out etc. Also, I'm still bf-ing - only twice a day but it doesn't seem to have affect it? I think I must eat enough on my non fast day!

PeasandCucumbers Thu 12-Sep-13 12:17:50

Hope today is going OK Weary and that the hangover isn't too bad grin I'm fasting today too as I couldn't' face a weekend fast (though I did fast on Sun last week). My first bout of hunger is just passing and I have a veggie sushi pack ready for late afternoon at 200 cals.

Hi to the newbies smile

Am off work today but have 150 pages left of my book and wine club book club is tomorrow night so that is my afternoon taken care of till 3 when I go to collect the DC

Wearytiger Thu 12-Sep-13 22:17:43

Couldn't do it. I felt weak! But I will definitely fast tomorrow and Sunday... Not ideal but I only have myself to blame!

Wearytiger Thu 12-Sep-13 22:18:34

Hi becky and mmax!

Luvvies Fri 13-Sep-13 07:35:49

Hi everyone and welcome to mmax, that's great going!

If you remember I'm a daily weigher and had a shock of putting back on 4 lbs last weekend after my proper weekly weigh in. Pleased to say I've dropped those off again and lost one more.

Stats: 11 lbs in 5 weeks.

thefirstmrsrochester Fri 13-Sep-13 17:55:52

Hi all, do you mind if I join you?
I've been in denial about my weight for years. 11.5 stone at 5.1ft. It ain't pretty. It's obese sad.
I'm a lazy self indulgent sod with a lifelong love of cheese, wine and crisps.
I think I will be able to handle the fast days just fine as I've got two days a week when I'm crazy busy with work and running around after the dc.
Plan to start on Monday.
Wish me luck!

Wearytiger Fri 13-Sep-13 19:02:30

Hello mrsr, come out of the attic then? smile good to have you join us! I did a fast day today, honestly when you're really busy they're so easy. Sadly I think Sunday will be harder!

AphraBehn Mon 16-Sep-13 09:18:06

No loss for me this week but I only did one FD. Am fasting today and Thursday this week.

Wearytiger Mon 16-Sep-13 12:22:15

1 lb loss for me this week bringing my total to 11lb in about ten or eleven weeks. There is something really appealing to me about 5:2 and the precision of the loss... Ticking down a lb each week is so satisfying. Obviously on weeks that I don't manage two fasts it will be different but aphra at least you haven't put weight on! Call it a maintenance week!

Fasting wed and fri I think. Definitely trying to avoid weekends as doing my fast yesterday was a bit rubbish ... Sunday isn't Sunday without Sunday lunch!

Luvvies Thu 19-Sep-13 08:48:45

How's everyone getting on? I've had good FDs on mon and weds and I'm down a lb since last Friday. But my weekly weigh in using until tomorrow and I've a business lunch today and a meal out tonight, so I'm not sure whether that will stay off. Will try to make some lightweight choices today!

becky78 Thu 19-Sep-13 10:37:35

FD 2 this week for me today. Another emotional week as DS1 started preschool so left him in tears (I know he is fine now and it's just me leaving that sets him off but still makes me feel like a horrible mum - irrational sad) and my gran passed away at the weekend so trying to resist the comfort eating. Doing ok so far.

I am going to weigh tomorrow and hoping to have dropped another lb, have managed to undo the damage I caused going on holiday so that is good. Had a pretty bad weekend food wise - takeaway, service station food etc. so not hugely confident but we shall see.

Hope everyone is doing well, I am super impressed with the discipline of people who do weekend FD's, I'm def not strong enough to resist bacon sandwiches/roast dinners etc!!

Wearytiger Thu 19-Sep-13 11:17:51

Oh becky, you are doing really well to keep up with fasts under the circumstances. Don't push yourself too hard. I'm very sorry for your loss but hope that your DS is a bit if a distraction. My dd has started school ... She loves it but hates wearing her uniform so every day is a battle to convince her not to go in just in a vest and pants!

becky78 Thu 19-Sep-13 21:15:30

Thanks weary, DS loves the idea of school - the teachers, the uniform etc but goes to pieces when I have to leave. He did the same his nursery too, hoping he gets over it quickly. We seem to have opposite problems!!

Managed to come in under 500 cals today though so pleased with that - fingers crossed scales are kind tomorrow.

JoanRanger Fri 20-Sep-13 02:41:56

I'll join to - I also caved and signed up to Mumsnet for this ;)

I've got one of those spoony-type disorders that limits the amount of exercise I can do, and am slowly realising that after a lifetime of being anti-diet I need to find a permanent way to manage my weight. The disorder means that the more weight I add, the more problems I will have. I'm not going to weigh myself, just go by waistband etc.

I also want to stop eating mindlessly, and to stop eating crap (by which I don't mean junky food, but food that I'm not enjoying. I have clear-the-plate-itis). I read Susie Orbach years ago and found her helpful, but still tend to eat too much when stressed or hormonal.

I had a brief flirtation with 5:2 earlier this summer and was amazed at how well I felt with the fasting. I want to try again now, although I'll be a guest/on the move until January for work reasons. That might make it tough, so I need to find creative ways to deal with it. Am actually just about to go off line for a week but will be back when I can!

Wearytiger Fri 20-Sep-13 06:39:30

Hi Joan! I am a complete convert to 5:2 and I was the most anti diet person you can possibly imagine. Fasting today. Best of luck!

Luvvies Fri 20-Sep-13 08:58:20

Hope it's good news today Becky.

I had remarkable (for me) self control for a NFD yesterday. I was determined to make sure I kept off the 1 lb I had lost prior to my weigh in day, so I had a piece of toast for breakfast, managed to dodge lunch, had a Special K bar late afternoon then had half a thin base pizza for my meal out. Only water and diet coke all day.
It worked.

1 lb loss this week.
Total 12 lb in 6 weeks.

becky78 Fri 20-Sep-13 09:55:25

Good news - 1.5lb off this week - 5lb in 7 weeks now but happy with that as had a week off for holiday and ate what I liked.

Bad news - just left DS sobbing at preschool again. Have promised him mcdonalds as a special treat for lunch for getting through his first week.

Planning on doing some gardening this afternoon to burn off the calories!!

I'm a non diet believer too - I lost 1.5stone on ww once before but couldn't face counting points forever just to maintain but 5:2 just seems to work and fit in with normal life and still allow for pub lunches, occasional takeaways, chocolate and wine! I can see it as something I can stick with long term. I'm hoping when the baby starts sleeping better I will have more energy to do some more exercise and that might boost the weight loss too.

becky78 Fri 20-Sep-13 09:57:07

Meant to say, well done luvvies, you are an inspiration smile

Wearytiger Fri 20-Sep-13 09:59:41

Great news becky and luvvies! I have had a non scale victory today ... Dug out an old winter coat that previously wouldn't do up, now it looks fab. Was a happy bunny in my bright red swishy coat on the school run this morning!

Luvvies Fri 20-Sep-13 11:52:07

Bet you looked great weary.

I bet he had some fun once you'd gone Becky. It'll get better I'm sure. I had a delicate clingy DS like that who is now a super confident independent nearly 18 year old entertainer with his own stage show! Enjoy McDs and catching up on his stories of his morning.

Luvvies Fri 20-Sep-13 12:16:20

Oh and I should have said well done Becky!

becky78 Fri 20-Sep-13 19:45:35

Thanks luvvies, that is reassuring smile

Well done weary, the scales do make you feel better about things but fitting into smaller clothes has to be the best thing. I have numerous pairs of jeans I one day hope to be able to do up again!!

Wearytiger Mon 23-Sep-13 08:57:14

Two lb loss today (prob what has happened is 1.5lb last week and this week but I am scrupulous to round up if any doubt!) Really pleased. If I lose another lb next week that will be a stone gone (my first target is 1.5 stone). Fasting today!

AphraBehn Mon 23-Sep-13 09:26:15

Well done all, slow and steady is the key I think.

1lb off for me making 9lbs in 12 weeks. On the face of it that doesn't sound too great but I have at least 3 weeks of only doing 1FD and 1 week not doing it at all. I also don't calorie count at all on NFDs though I don't overindulge.

More importantly, I am still here plugging away, feeling like I've achieved something. On WW or SW I would have given up by now. I think the change in mindset is the most significant thing and means that I can carry on with this.

FD for me as well today.

AphraBehn Mon 23-Sep-13 09:29:50

Actually, scratch that. The most important thing is that my jeans are getting too loose and I've had to size down in a new top!

becky78 Mon 23-Sep-13 10:24:47

FD for me too today.

Great news weary and aphra - best not to focus on the timescales I think 9lb off is 9lb off and continuing in the right direction.

Good luck everyone smile

Luvvies Wed 25-Sep-13 09:23:31

How are we all doing midweek?

Second FD for me and I don't want to jinx things by typing it, but I think I'm heading for good news on the scales at the end of this week.

Stressful work stuff yesterday would usually have had me reaching for high calorie food, but I didn't want to undo Monday's FD, so that's progress!

GatoradeMeBitch Wed 25-Sep-13 16:12:09

Hi everyone! I started today, and am worried I may have failed? There was half a Flyte bar in my desk drawer and I was so peckish I ate it before I realised what I was doing! It was only 100 calories so not the end of the world, I'll adjust my dinner to make sure I keep within my 530 calories.

becky78 Wed 25-Sep-13 16:23:47

Well done luvvies fingers crossed for a food result.

Welcome gator, don't worry about flyte, I think the best thing about 5:2 is how flexible and adjustable it is - and at least it wasn't a king size Snickers!

I abandoned FD1 on Monday after offer of 2 for 1 pub lunch so did yesterday and will do tomorrow. Time of month this week so I'll be happy if I stay the same.

Good news, dropped DS off at school with no tears today - he says he is 'getting used to it' smile.

Hope everyone else is going ok.

GatoradeMeBitch Wed 25-Sep-13 18:44:44

I was hoping to do it clean becky just protein and veg. That's already out of the window - day one!

My eating for the day is done. I am planning what I am going to eat tomorrow!

Luvvies Wed 25-Sep-13 19:46:09

That's great news on the no tears Becky. What a brave boy.

I've had clear soup, chicken breast, peas and a spoonful of potato and its only notched up 265 so far. Had one cup of tea with skimmed milk earlier today. So I've at least 200 more calories to eat. And I don't fancy anything!

I think I'm going to have to be good and eat a banana, aren't I? I don't think it's wise to cut back too far.

Luvvies Wed 25-Sep-13 19:47:36

And welcome Gator. Or do you prefer Bitch? Sometimes tricky to know what to shorten a nickname to!

GatoradeMeBitch Wed 25-Sep-13 20:45:44

Bitch would be amusing, I don't mind either way!

I read that after a while 5:2ers learn to have a better diet on non-fast days. I hope that's true. Right now I'm thinking of pain au chocolats for breakfast, a fish finger sandwich for lunch, followed by a Mr Kipling something, and pizza for dinner. All I can think about is junk food, and I don't usually eat quite that badly! Has anyone else had this reaction?

I don't even feel overwhelmingly hungry, I just can't stop thinking about calorific food!

Wearytiger Wed 25-Sep-13 22:14:19

Gator I naturally eat better on NFDs now although more in terms of quantity not quality... I still eat chocolate bars and cake but fewer of them and in smaller sizes! I just don't have the appetite I did. And that really is a natural side effect as I don't consciously try to eat less on NFDs at all.

In other news a. I fasted today and b. my DH has started as well! Will be very interesting to see how he finds it!

GatoradeMeBitch Thu 26-Sep-13 09:17:38

I went to bed red in the face which seemed a bit weird, and woke up with a headache.

I'm now off to Sainsbury's, I hope I don't go too crazy in there grin

becky78 Thu 26-Sep-13 09:39:37

gator, I eat what I used to on non fast days which is not particularly healthy (I love a Chinese, chocolate and Coke) but agree with weary that I find I'm getting full quicker so perhaps eat smaller amounts. Also, I think with any weight loss plan once you start seeing weight come off you tend to be more disciplined as you don't want to undo good work.

I also figure that while I'm eating what I used to on nfd's and losing weight it is working and if I plateau before goal I still have some changes I can make and if not, happy days, I can reach goal with only changing 2 days a week!

Wearytiger Thu 26-Sep-13 10:53:34

I also figure that while I'm eating what I used to on nfd's and losing weight it is working and if I plateau before goal I still have some changes I can make and if not, happy days, I can reach goal with only changing 2 days a week!

^ yyy to this!^

Gator the only time I have felt unwell on a FD was the day I ate a 100 cal low fat choc mousse. I felt horrible. Completely anecdotally, I think if a big chunk if your (restricted) calorie intake is artificial sweeteners etc your body may object! Perhaps just me though.

GatoradeMeBitch Thu 26-Sep-13 11:46:29

Yes, it may have been the Flyte bar...

Very good point about leaving wriggle room for later on - I have five stone to lose blush

I wasn't too bad in the supermarket, I stocked up on fresh soup and some WW meals. Came back and ate six mozzarella dippers then two Fiendish Fancies. Not great, but at least I didn't eat them all.(Can I ask, is it bad etiquette to talk about junk food on this thread when fasters may be reading? If so I'll stop!) But I wasn't ravenous this morning, funnily enough, I went out and cut the grass before eating.

AphraBehn Thu 26-Sep-13 12:31:23

Hi Gator

On fast days I used to go to bed at 10 and pour over pictures of cakes, desserts and cheesey baked goods planning on how I was going to eat them the following day! When I got up, I would be completely unbothered and had no desire to eat any of it. I find now that I do enjoy a nice brunch type meal after a fast day but prefer lighter evening meals. Late night eating now tends to make me feel sick during the night. You will find out (probably through trial and error) what suits you best, and this may evolve over the weeks.

I'm not bothered about you talking about junk food either even though I'm fasting today"

PeasandCucumbers Fri 27-Sep-13 09:04:39

Well I have had 2 weeks off after a really disappointing weigh in but I am planning on getting really back on track next week. I haven't been keeping up with the thread as it would have only made me feel guilty but will have a catch up later when I have more time. I have realised that the thread really helps with motivation and keeping on track so keep up the good work guys smile

becky78 Fri 27-Sep-13 09:36:02

Welcome back peas and good luck.

1lb off for me this week (helped in part by a dodgy tummy bug midweek blush).

Discovered this morning that on my scales I weigh about 1.5 stone less in DS bedroom than in bathroom where I normally weigh in. Worth remembering for when I have a bad week grin.

Hope everyone else is going well.

Luvvies Fri 27-Sep-13 09:50:10

Hi peas, well done Becky.

2 lbs for me which makes me 1 stone off in 7 weeks. Woohoo.

Off to a family celebration thing wearing clothes I couldn't do up a while ago. Feels good.

Wearytiger Fri 27-Sep-13 10:33:17

Luvvies! You are the first person on the thread to hit the one stone milestone! Congratulations! wine

Hopefully I'll be there with you on Monday if I lose a lb this week.

GatoradeMeBitch Fri 27-Sep-13 14:43:18

Congrats Becky, that's very inspiring!

I was stupid yesterday - my first non-diet day and I really went for it, I had four packets of crisps, pizza, cake... even when I didn't really fancy it anymore I kept going.

Then when I went to bed my heart was racing, it wouldn't stop. It was only when I got up and walked about for a bit that I realised I was very nauseous! I got to sleep about 3-ish with a bucket next to my head. Needless to say I'm aiming for a more balanced diet now...

GatoradeMeBitch Fri 27-Sep-13 21:59:06

I hope my episode of gluttony hasn't killed the thread!

I'm going to fast again on Sunday and make sure I go right to my 500 cal limit, probably a WW meal and make up the calories with soup.

Luvvies Sat 28-Sep-13 00:50:23

Not at all Gator. This thread doesn't always move fast.

Sometimes WW meals don't give you much bulk for the calories I think. Have a think about cooking yourself something?

If you want a bigger meal you can have a huge plateful of chicken or prawn stir fry with veg. Weigh out everything really carefully and use a calorie counter to add up the calories. I use an app called nutracheck but most people use myfitnesspal. You may be surprised. I think WW meals have hidden sugars to make them palatable.

You need to practically dry fry though. Tiny splash of oil. Or one of those sprays. I just use soy sauce for flavour. No extra sauces. Be careful which veg too, some are more calorific than others, eg bean sprouts always surprise me. Peppers are good, courgette, mange tout.

I'm usually a veggie phobe but I got off to a really good start doing this and felt really virtuous. Have got more lazy on FDs recently, sometimes just have weetabix, slices of ham, Pre prepared salad etc, various bits and pieces. Sometimes have grilled chicken and boiled veg. Again, it's surprising how big a portion you can actually have.

Anyway I'm 7 weeks in, have lost a stone, have a few more to lose and I've never found weight loss as easy as this before, ever, so please keep trying and don't worry about one day mess up.

Luvvies Sat 28-Sep-13 01:04:05

Sorry that may have come across as completely patronising. Of course you know how to weigh calculate and prepare a stir fry!

You may just prefer not to cook or not have the time. I often don't myself, we are a family of chaotic eaters.

Just from personal experience WW meals look small!

GatoradeMeBitch Sat 28-Sep-13 09:24:38

No, it wasn't patronising at all, stir fry is something I've never done! I usually steam veg and grill meat/fish. I have a tiny kitchen and nor room for another piece of equipment, but I found out you can prepare a stir fry in a frying pan so I may give it a go!

I think while I'm very new to this, the good thing about WW food is that the calories are printed on the back, no guesswork. I think my Wednesday fast took me up to about 300 calories and for a couple of weeks I want to go right up to my limit while I get used to it.

GatoradeMeBitch Sun 29-Sep-13 15:38:55

My second fast day and I'm feeling really positive. I can really see myself doing this for life (Or once a week if I get to my goal weight.) I had a small apple and a boiled egg for breakfast, and I'm having a Kirsty's spanish chicken and brown rice ready meal for dinner.

I told a family member about 5:2 and got moaned at, because he did gluten free for six weeks and thinks that's the way forward. But I need a solid year of dieting to sort me out, and I know I could not avoid gluten all that time! But I can avoid it for one day if I know I can have to tomorrow...

I got into this after reading the Kate Harrison 5:2 book, but I need recipe ideas so I just ordered the Hairy Bikers book, and the Fast Diet recipe book.

GatoradeMeBitch Sun 29-Sep-13 15:39:45

*have it tomorrow, not 'to'. I wish we could edit our posts!

Luvvies Sun 29-Sep-13 16:09:44

Hi Gator well done and keep up the good work for the rest of today.

I tend to not eat until tea time - that's what works for me and I think there is a little suggestion in the book that this may be a more effective way - leaving the fast as long a time period as you can - something to think about?

The best thing about this approach to eating is that no food groups are out of bounds. You don't have to cut anything out. You can still eat out, celebrate, have puddings, have carbs when you want etc. you just need to plan your week if you can, or flex your days if you need to. Simple.

I sometimes mention it to people, and depending on their response, tell them more, or I don't. Some say, "I couldn't do that, I'd starve". I don't say that they wouldn't, I just say that I find that I don't. Some say "Oh, I've heard of that, how does it work?" and then I explain more. But my bottom line is always never to push it on people as dieting is such a personal thing. I say I have found something that works for me, and that I can see me sticking with and was recommended to me by my GP. No one can moan about that!

FD for me tomorrow. Not had one since Weds, and I'm actually looking forward to it - just had a sausage casserole for lunch and I'm feeling rather full!

GatoradeMeBitch Sun 29-Sep-13 22:47:28

Sausage casserole sounds gorgeous! I've just invested in a slow cooker, I may try that soon!

I wish I didn't tell my relative about my diet. They are the preachy type, and we have one of those relationships where growing up I was always the person who needed advice, and he dished it out. I think we'll always be stuck in that pattern now!

I can see it would be more sensible to have one meal, so the body can get all the digesting over in one go, but I have such a huge appetite I will have to build up to it. I'm about to go to bed now, and I have the same symptoms that I had at the end of fast day one - flushed face, and the beginnings of a headache. I'm not disheartened though. I've been such a bad eater that it may take a while to adjust.

AphraBehn Mon 30-Sep-13 09:39:51

3.2lbs off this week! Woo hoo, hope to hit the magic stone by next weigh in smile.

Gatorade Pay no attention to your relative, I believe you can only lose weight by finding the method that works for you. That way you will be able to sustain it.

PoshPaula Mon 30-Sep-13 15:40:38

Hi! I started this diet last week. I am fasting today and have hit that mid-afternoon 'shaky' point - how do people stop feeling spacey and a bit dizzy on a Fast Day?

I ate fruit for breakfast and lunch, I've had a couple of coffees.

Luvvies Mon 30-Sep-13 16:08:23

Fantastic Aphra, that's brilliant.

Welcome Posh. Personally I don't get the shaky thing. But maybe try a camomile tea rather than coffee?

It could be that having fruit little and often, i.e. for breakfast and lunch is actually messing with your sugar levels more than you need. Although I think in the book they suggest most people can tolerate bigger dips in levels than they believe. (Clearly not my nearly 18 year old who is the grumpiest chump alive if he doesn't eat at least every 3 hours).

Perhaps try eating protein rather than carbs next time - should sustain you for longer, takes longer to digest I believe?

AphraBehn Mon 30-Sep-13 17:15:03

I agree with luvvies Posh. Try a slice of ham or maybe something like a mug of bovril or miso soup. The experts are on the main thread and they will have lots of advice as well.

PoshPaula Mon 30-Sep-13 17:55:39

Okay thanks. Certainly a mug of Bovril sounds like something I could do. I can't seem to work out which is the main thread.

GatoradeMeBitch Tue 01-Oct-13 09:10:23

I slept really badly again last night, I was still awake at 5. But though I had to get up at 8am, I didn't even find it a st