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4 Jul 21
I am half a stone heavier and my jeans are tight 🙁
Just 5 days to go and then I am going to be a paragon of virtue for 2 days a week 🙂
How are you getting on?
10 Jul 21
Term has ended and a box of chocolates has been put in the cupboard to re-gift. Quite relieved that it’s all over for a while.
I don’t need to get the tape measure out or stand on the scales to know that there is more of me. Jeans are tight and so are bras!
I am planning to do a couple of long fasts twice a week for 4 weeks to see what the result is. I have a wedding in mid August and currently dresses that I own do not look good.
11 Jul 21
Tomorrow morning will beat weigh and measure to see what the damage is. The current plan is to see how much lard I can shift by the end of July with 2 24 hour FD each week.
How is everyone?
12 Jul 21
Well the denial has been brilliant as the readings on the tape measure and scales are very grim. I have packed on the pounds and inches over the last couple of months due to the lunch time rubbish available, delusion that I can eat it without any repercussions and neither standing on the scales/tape measure and no fasting.
I have a wedding in 5 weeks an currently nothing to wear. Its quite an incentive to shift some lard and get back to fasting starting with today. The plan is to get back to 2 24 hour fasts each week, and ditch the rubbish on the the rest of the week.
I am really cross with myself that here I am again 🙁
Who is with me ?
Just back from a weekend away with friends and ready to get back to sensible eating and a more active lifestyle.
37 working days before early retirement ~ I can’t wait!!!!
So jealous Iona. Retirement is not an option for me until state pension at almost 67, so almost 7 years to go:(
Fast is going fine but a got cuppa to keep me going until 6pm. I have just been fed up all day, disappointed with where l find myself yet again and very aware that I need to get my act together over the summer.
There are plenty of projects that need sorting but I lack the will or energy to get them done. Perhaps a list might help.
How are you MM?
I’m with you both!
I just got back from a week at a cabin on Lake Superior. It was lovely to get out of the house after a year and a half, but no fasting. We only had two meals a day, but pie with cream every night. I haven’t had the heart to stand on the scale, but I can tell from the way my thighs rub together again that several of the pounds are back.
The one redeeming feature is that my face still has definition when I look in the mirror–so I know they are not all back. It’s disheartening how quickly the pounds return when we stop our vigilance.
On Wednesday I head to Slovenia for ten days to give a couple of talks at universities there and renew my EU work permit. I’m a little nervous about travel, though fully vaccinated. It will be a different experience.
Congratulations on the early retirement, Iona! I have two or three more years to go. The hard part is that most of my friends and close colleagues were a bit older than I and have already retired. Work is a more lonely place than it was.
Anyway, I’m with you today, Annette, fasting before the next trip. We do what we can.
13 Jul 21
A cabin on Lake Superior sounds very glamorous. I have never been to Slovenia either. Have a great time.
Not nearly so glamorous but I am painting walls and paintwork now that term has ended, for new carpet in 2 bedrooms. Also trying to construct a dress out of a charity shop duvet cover as a test run. I may have to make a dress for this wedding if I can’t fit into a dress 🙁
This was the wedding that was supposed to be over a year ago in Rome when I couldn’t fit my round body into anything.
Did 24 hours yesterday and will again tomorrow. Perhaps skip breakfast on Friday. Then measure and scales Saturday morning.
16 Jul 21
I couldn’t wait until Saturday and am delighted to report that there are 3 lbs less of me. It’s not been difficult to do 2 24 hour fasts or ditch the bread/rice/pasta for most of the week. I think I will eat those things with the boy for 2 days a week on his day off when we have dinner together.
I am having kebabs and salad for lunch and salmon and salad for dinner. Hot weather is certainly helping.
How are you doing today?
17 Jul 21
I’m a returner to this forum, and sadly just can’t seem to get into the fast days, but am hoping to nail it from Monday. I lost about 15 Ibs on my first attempt, but that was in my pre-menopause stage and have read that the body clings on to fat cells, as it is where the oestrogen is stored 🙄 . Lock down has meant work from home, so am trying to get in the steps, and also do yoga, lift weights and dance. I feel so annoyed with myself for another summer looking ‘chubby’ in clothes that cover rather than flatter..:)Anyway here we go! Am hoping for inspiration.
Hello and welcome,
Top tips are to reduce the frequency of pasta/bread/rice and potatoes. Aim for whole foods that are unprocessed and avoid anything that is low fat as it’s usually full of sugar.
In my experience the thought of skipping breakfast is once than actually doing it. Measure you vital stats and try on clothes once a week.
20 Jul 21
Am fasting today, so far ok, last meal was at 7:30pm yest, and intend to eat at around 5 pm-ish..if I eat too early I start wanting to eat, so leaving it as late as possible.
I’ve recorded what I’m going to eat in Net Dairy and so far 630 cals, with a little leeway if I get desperate, I’m going for 800.
I generally try to drink loads of water, some black coffee, and the odd sachet of miso soup (100 cals)
will eat aubergine, tofu, watercress, slice of cheese, some lentils, cherry toms, yoghurt and some protein powder…(helps with hunger pangs)
will repeat on thurs..
Hope everyone is doing ok..
23 Jul 21
I managed 2 fast days, which were ‘relatively’ easy due to hot weather, and I was busy. No weight loss, but that’s ok, I’m pleased to have got the days done, as was not happening over the last few weeks. They were both 24hrs. I tend to lose in a big ‘woosh’ after about 4 fast days, and cos of weather am probably holding on to water, that’s my theory 😉 Only about another 21 fast days to go!, but am breaking them up into mini-goals, so will pause after 6 FDs, to see the results so far..and then continue. I am supposedly going away at the beginning of October..
Have a good weekend!
24 Jul 21
I have really struggled with the heat and have ate rubbish too. Ho hum. Thankfully it’s much cooler, so I an fasting in my tight jeans to remind myself what went wrong 🙂
Looking forward,there is a smart casual wedding in a few weeks and I have clothes that are both comfortable and fit the brief. Hopefully there will be less of me by then.
Onwards and downwards Fast Friends.
30 Jul 21
I’ve done 4 FDs and have not lost anything, feeling a bit let down,😵💫 but won’t let it deter me. I know the pattern, If I give up after these 4 days all the hard work would be lost. On a plus side I feel ‘lighter’ if you know what I mean, and in the mirror can see some loss, so it’s definitely worth it, I will do another 4 FDs and check the results..hopefully by then there will be some visible loss on the scales. I have an under-active thyroid and am on medication, but have noticed others (my sis for example) always lose weight on FD much more quickly 🙄 My general diet is pretty much ok, with some treats here and there, but less sugar, no bread/pasta/pizza more veg and salad, proteins, such as plain yoghurt, tuna, eggs lentils and tofu, and healthy fats walnuts, and avocados.. I also use protein powder.
Hope everyone is ok!
14 Aug 21
Out of the blue I have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease after routine “well woman” checks. This has really knocked my sideways, I feel absolutely fine and had no idea about any kidney issue. I have a follow up appointment next week to get more information and to discuss the way forward. I’m not even sure if fasting will be something I can continue with. I will check back next week with an update ☹️
15 Aug 21
Iona, I’m so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I’m afraid I have had a similar setback–got diagnosed as prediabetic a few weeks ago. That has given me a renewed impetus to lose a few pounds and cut back on the sugar and carbs, both of which were creeping back into my diet with the lovely summer fruits beguiling me to make pies, cakes, etc.
After a week with my friend at a cabin on Lake Superior and then ten days in Slovenia, the scale was not my friend. I put back on seven of the fifteen pounds I had so painstakingly lost. It’s disheartening how much easier it is to gain than to lose. Though I’ve been pretty careful this week and fasted my two days, I’ve only lost half a pound so far. Oh well, at least the scale is back to going in the right direction, if slowly.
Welcome Amiya. I hope your scale will kick in and head down as well.
16 Aug 21
Sorry to hear about the various diagnoses, it’s always really worrying ;-/
Feel disappointed as did 6 FDs with no changes on scale nor as far as I can see anywhere on body, someone did say my face looked slimmer though. Anyway I had a week off as felt my metabolism would benefit.
When I originally started fasting 6 yrs ago, I lost a lot of weight but of course was younger, and I always did 500 cals. I’m now on 800. I’m going to return to 500 and see if it makes a difference.
I know my diet is pretty sound on NFDs but even nutritious food can be over eaten, I need to keep a track of what I eat more, I think they say it’s always 30% more than one thinks..🙄
My life is much more sedentary, I teach, and haven’t gone back to the classroom. I need to think of making some adjustments to bring in more activity, 10, 000 steps used to be enough but alas no longer..
Have a good week
17 Aug 21
oops realised I still have my old account! so Beldyboop is me amiya..
Hey guys good to hear from you. Welcome Amiya , it’s hard work getting older I agree!
MM have you looked at Jason Fung on YouTube he is an advocate of reversing pre-diabetes. I’m worried that may also be the cause of my kidney disease so I’m trying to fast more and avoid carbs atm until I have more tests and information.
How are you Annette? Are you out there?
I have been out and about. Stayed with my sister for 5 days, which was lovely but not great for the waistline. I am away for a few days and staying in a hotel with a wedding this afternoon. It should have been in Rome 18 month’s ago.
I have been rather fed up. Put on 2 inches on my waist:(
Sorry to hear about the recent diagnosis
Hi all. Well, I decided to take the bull by the horns and do a five day fast. I’ve thought about it before but it seemed kind of radical and not really necessary. But now I want to really kick things into high gear and thought this might be a good start.
I’m using Prolon, a fasting mimicking diet by Valter Longo. It’s supposed to be good at reducing both cholesterol and blood glucose. I’m on day two. And hungry. If nothing else it’s already told me I’ve been underestimating how many calories I’ve been ingesting each day, as the first day is 1150 kc and I thought that would be similar to what I often eat. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Hang in there everyone.
@minnesotamiss – I would be really interested in how you get on with Prolon – look forward to your progress reports
19 Aug 21
How is the fast going?
I know that I need to get back into the groove. There has been lots of food staying away and rather a lot of alcohol for someone who rarely drinks.
My trousers are tight and uncomfortable. I have several inches to shift off my waistline.
The current plan is to do a full measure and weigh at the weekend and to start with skipping breakfast one day. Then I will plan what I am going to do
buuu! just lost a post. My question was also the same, how is the Prolon going?
It made me look up some 5 day fasting regimes, this guy is pretty interesting and at the end he gives some useful apps and stuff..https://www.mrdbourke.com/5-day-fast/. He is however very lean, not a blob of fat in sight.
Also reminded me of the Jason Fung article…scroll down to Controlling Hunger, it’s good to be reminded.https://drjasonfung.medium.com/?p=5cca7562b8fe
I feel like I just can’t get this weight off, and read the body lays down fat to preserve oestrogen in perimenopause. Will have a look at the various fasting regimes..
Onwards and upwards!
I’m on day four and it’s been ok. The first day you’re allowed about 1000 calories, so that day didn’t seem all that different, but on day two I was hungry, tired, and a little “hangry.” Day three I woke up full of energy, really clear headed, which lasted all day and I wasn’t hungry at all. The interesting thing is that the small amounts I’m allowed to eat are starting to feel normal. I’m drinking a ton of cold herbal tea and a glycerol drink they give you, which I think keeps you from being very hungry. Anyway, so far, so good.
I’ve lost one pound so far. Not spectacular, but nice to see the scale shift after two weeks of it not budging one ounce, even with fast days. With two more fasting days to go and a very modest day six, I’m hoping to lose a few more. I’ve scaled my expectations down and will be very happy with a 3 or 4 lb loss. Most folks on-line say they lost more than that. Some say they see the loss on day 6 or 7, so I have hopes.
I’ll let you know how the next few days go. All in all, this is easier than I had expected (especially on day 2 when I wasn’t at all sure I would continue). The hardest part is when I open the refrigerator for the dog’s food and see all the food waiting for me. 🙂
It sounds interesting but not something that I would be able to maintain. Try on clothes afterwards.
I thought that I was doing well by skipping lunch and having a nap :). We tried something new for dinner and it was completely uninspiring but I shared out the rubbish yesterday from my mini break, so there isn’t any 🙁
I am back at work next week and the boy is moving out in a few weeks so its all change here, but I will have freedom to plan meals when I am on my own. Taking up sewing to get me through the cooler days and keep my hands occupied and out of the kitchen.
20 Aug 21
Just stood on the scales and measured bust/waist/hips. The results are grim and very disappointing.
I am planning to shift the lard by Christmas which seems a reasonable goal. I am out for a meal this evening so will fast on Saturday.
22 Aug 21
How did it go MM?
I’m in the middle of a weekend of birthday parties and a wedding so I’m not going near the scale for a few days. More test next week then a lifestyle plan drawn up to manage my kidney disease. I’m still bewildered by the diagnosis and the implications, retirement is now looking rather different to what I imagined.
Have fun Iona.
What are the implications for retirement?
Well, the five day fasting-mimicking diet is done. It actually wasn’t that hard after the first two days, and by day six, when I was allowed to eat real food again I wasn’t particularly hungry, so ate lightly. I lost a total of 2.5 lbs, which was a bit disappointing since they said people lose an average of 5, but I guess someone needs to be below average. 😉 I’m hoping I lost less water weight than others do since I’d been doing 16:8 before I did the five days.
So I still need to shift 10 lbs. and 2.5 inches from my waist. The fast got me drinking more water, and less wine. I’m also hoping to stick with a more plant based diet now. Determined not to put those pounds back on and to send some of their companions packing as well.
Will I do a five day fast again? Maybe. It did get me off the plateau I seemed stranded on. So if I plateau again, I probably will.
26 Aug 21
Gosh MM, sounds very impressive, but I also know that I wouldn’t manage it.Focus on the inches, the pounds will look after themselves 🙂
I have been back at work and its either been very dull or hassle. Back to a hot meal provided indoors again on an actual plate with proper cutlery. Really tough as puddings are available again.
I am not sleeping very well-menopausal which is making me very vulnerable to the sweet stuff in daylight and there is a birthday meal next week too….
I need to have a weigh and measure at the weekend, but there is loads of lard to shift 🙁
8 Sep 21
Its been ver quiet so either its all going very well or badly 🙂
I have lost an inch off my waist by skipping the odd meal and being a little bit mindful of the sweet stuff. I do love ice cream and that is one of my failures.I haven’t done any actual fasting as such, its been very stressful here.
I have a week and a half to go and then the final chick moves out. I am very excited and also looking forward to having more control over what I eat in the evenings. Better choices hopefully.
I hope that you are all well.
10 Sep 21
With my health in mind I have made better choices lately which has resulted in a 2 pound loss. Next week I’m cutting carbs as much as I can to see how I get on. Still fasting most days for 12-14 hours, basically skipping breakfast or delaying lunch.
I’ve worked my last day now and I am on holiday until the end of the month when I will officially retire. Everyone has been so kind, and generous with their praise so I’m feeling pretty good!
I hope everybody is well and living life to the full as I intend to!!
12 Sep 21
Well Done Iona! You sound very positive and I admire that.
I am biding my time until chick number 4 departs next weekend. School has been very busy, in part, because its very tiring seeing so many people again. I will see what this coming week brings in terms of food and then start skipping breakfast twice a week to start with.
MM. How are you?
15 Sep 21
Hi all! Sorry I haven’t been posting for awhile. Our term began two weeks ago and I had a major talk to give last Friday, so it’s just been one big rush.
Haven’t done much on the fasting front except now that I’m in the office, and teaching over the lunch hour three days a week, on those days I skip breakfast and grab a fiber bar before class. I haven’t gotten on the scale for a few weeks but my clothes tell me that I’m probably in a holding pattern, neither gaining or losing. I’m hoping to do the five day fast again, but it’s hard to find five days in a row without any social commitments. I may do better by doing as Iona, and doing time-restricted eating almost every day. Annette, you seem to be moving in that direction as well?
Congratulations on the approaching retirement, Iona! I’ve been considering when to retire and decided just a few weeks ago not to apply for a sabbatical semester for next year, since that would compel me to return the following year. I have the feeling two more years (and maybe some part time teaching after that) will be enough.
Take care, everybody.
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