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The Inspirational 5:2 Thread

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


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

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

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

Ta1kinPeace Fri 14-Apr-17 16:37:35

Well, this spring has been an utter fail and my weight has crept up to around 9st 9
My BMI is still under 22.5 and by the summer I'll be back under 9st
and still really enjoying 5:2
which is the real long term goal grin

SequinsOfEvents Sat 11-Feb-17 20:53:27

Eurgh! Pressed too quickly and accidentally posted!

Basically, I have lost weight before (using MFP) and sort of kept it off for a couple of years on and off. Then used 5:2 for a couple of months and lost maybe half a stone but that was probably the last time I lost any weight.

For the last 3 years (!!) it's been creeping up and not really ever going down enough. A few lbs here and there but always back on again quite quickly and no real traction or motivation to really do it.

Anyway, I have motivation now.....I'm too heavy, I have no winter clothes and I don't want to buy any larger ones! I've got a holiday booked for the summer and I am 40 (eek!) at the end of the year. I WILL NOT BE QUITE SO CHUBBY WHEN I TURN 40!!!!

Am moving over to the main thread but wanted to say thanks to all the before and after peeps on here - your stories have got me all fired up!

I'll be back here in a few months / 6 months / a year with something inspiring for others I hope.....


SequinsOfEvents Sat 11-Feb-17 20:47:33

You guys! This is incredibly inspiring.....I have started!

I've tried 5:2 before but it was a couple of years ago - maybe as many as 3 years ago!! I did it to drop a few lbs - perhaps half a stone and it worked.

I have to say that, since then, I've let it all get out of control.......I have recently returned to the UK after almost a decade abroad and I'm feeling dreadful!

Five years ago, when my second child was just 1, I had a real wake-up call as I'd hit 10 and a half stone and I wanted to get back down a bit. I used MFP and was fairly strict for once and within about 6 months I was down to just over 9 stone. I maintained around 9 and a half for a couple of years but the last 3 years have had me creep up slowly, slowly.....

I am 5'5"
I weigh about 10 s 10/11lbs - I have topped out at 10s13lbs in the recent past (fortnight ago?!) and it's just all too much

I started 5:2 again this week and so I am x2 fasts in......I will move to the main thread but hope to come back and post on here with my own success story by the summertime!

TalkinPeace Wed 25-Jan-17 21:13:22

Well done eatriskier
good to know that it still helps you stay healthy while enjoying meals

eatriskier Sat 21-Jan-17 00:53:45

I've been a terrible mother to this thread.

If anyone still cares - I'm still going at this. I don't really fast anymore but I have two lower calorie no processed stuff occassionally veggie days a week where I also do my main bouts of exercise.

In the intermediary years I've hit some rough health. I've hit periods where I've gone up a bit but normally I'm about 2lb to 3lb heavier than I was when I started this thread. I do not see that as a bad thing.

DH is still in there. He still fasts 2 days a week but doesn't really give a crap otherwise. He judges himself solely by his belt now. He's also at 3 years of maintaining without really trying as for him its normal.

BigChocFrenzy Wed 21-Dec-16 22:56:38

If you want to lose weight, come join us on the Main 5:2 / IF Thread # 66 smile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BigChocFrenzy Wed 17-Aug-16 21:54:35

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

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

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

BigChocFrenzy Tue 16-Aug-16 08:18:42

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

BigChocFrenzy Tue 16-Aug-16 08:16:22

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

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

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

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


BigChocFrenzy Fri 13-May-16 20:07:06

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

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

You have totally nailed maintenance. Well done indeed flowers

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

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

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

BigChocFrenzy Wed 13-Apr-16 23:04:53

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

BigChocFrenzy Wed 13-Apr-16 23:02:51

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Sweet and Limurz!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

what a great thread.

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

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

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

Good for you, Pidapie!

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

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

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