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  • Welcome to Jump-Start January! The January 2023 Monthly Challenge. Whether you are an old 5:2 hand, a prodigal returner or a brand newbie there’s a place for you!

    January can be a tough time to start fasting after all the holiday temptations of sugar, carbs, fat, alcohol, staying warm/cool (depending on winter/summer), taking time out, letting our hair down, redisovering stretchy clothes … Climbing back on the scales can be a shock, while it’s hard to find motivation when it’s dark/cold or bright/hot. But we’re here with a simple monthly challenge to start doing things differently right now. It’s simple: 5 days of eating normally* and 2 days of fasting each week. Other than that, we’re setting our own goals, holding ourselves accountable and encouraging one another. So let’s Jump-Start January together and see what changes are wrought!

    *normal eating = the calories our body needs – see TDEE

    The monthly challenges were started by @coda in May 2016 and have been going strong ever since. It works like this:

    1. Introductions – in your first post please introduce yourself to the group. It helps us all get to know each other and is really helpful for new people getting to know regulars. Perhaps say something about where you started, your journey so far, what you’re aiming for or what differences fasting is making. You might like to include your starting weight or your goals for the month – whatever you are comfortable sharing.

    2. Spreadsheet – I’m hoping that @at will kindly post this month’s spreadsheet in a post below! The spreadsheet is in alphabetical order by username. You can use it to record and track your progress as well as keeping track of how others are doing.It can help with perspective, accountability or planning. Keeping track can help us to measure progress, spot patterns, remind ourselves how far we’ve come. You can use the spreadsheet, the forum’s tracker, your favourite app, pen & paper or whatever works for you!

    3. Posting – Please start each entry with the day of the month, where you are, and what type of day you are on – fast day (FD), non-fast day (NFD) or controlled day (CD). We’re all over the world and in different time zones so it helps us keep track of which day we’re talking about, who else is fasting etc. Eg I’ll start on 1 January with Day 1 – UK – NFD

    4. Frequency – Some people post daily, others only check in on FDs, others from time to time. Some are short & to the point, others long and chatty. If you‘re posting for a second time in the same day please head your post eg Day 1 second post.

    5. Content – Comments or questions, complaints or celebration – post anything you’d like to share with the forum. Recipes, tips, tricks and bright ideas are always welcome. We all have good days and bad days, days we fall off the wagon or have days when we are hanging on by our fingernails, days when our mojo deserts us and days where we feel completely in control. DON’T GIVE UP: whatever it is, you are not alone!

    6. Community – This is a worldwide forum so there’s usually someone online. We all do our best to offer advice, support and solidarity.

    7. Pocket list – a list of the names of people with the same goal on a particular day. It can help to remind us we’re not alone by mentally holding the list in our back pocket. Anyone can start or join a pocket list. Most pocket lists are for a FD but they can also be used for people doing Veganuary, going alcohol free, on a daily plank challenge. If solidarity and company can make a difference, we’ll put it on a pocket list!

    8. 5:2 basics – answers to many FAQs plus top tips:

    9. New? – please read #8 again

    10. Hosting – As the host of the Jump Start January! challenge I’ll start us off, read every post and respond once a day. But luckily this is a friendly and encouraging international community so don’t be surprised if you get lots of answers. Please feel free to answer questions, share ideas and encourage others too!

    Common Abbreviations

    5:2 – 5 days NFD – 2 days FD
    16:8 – 16 hours fast – 8 hours non fast
    IF – Intermittent Fasting
    ADF – Alternate Day Fasting (FD – NFD – FD – etc)
    AF – Alcohol-free
    B2B – Back to Back (consecutive FDs)
    BMR – Basal metabolic Rate
    CFD – Controlled Food Day (a day’s eating comfortably below your TDEE)
    DH, DD, DS – Darling Husband, Daughter, Son
    DTF – Dry ’til Fri
    EE – Emotional Eating (reflex grazing out of a need for instant comfort instead of satisfying hunger)
    EFS – Epic Face Stuffing (Definitely due to a faulty OFF button!)
    FD – Fast Day (500 cals)
    FD800 – Fast Day 800 calories
    Hunger Dragon – that dreadful psychological beast that sometimes cannot be satisfied. Some people even name theirs (e.g. @i-hate-lettuce has an inner warthog!)
    IF – Intermittent Fasting
    Keto – way of eating that generates Ketones
    KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid!!!
    LC – Low Carb way of eating
    LCHF – Low Carb High Fat way of eating
    LFD – Liquid Fast Day (incl. tea, coffee, miso, bone broth & water)
    LOL – Laughing Out Loud
    M/WOAM – Man/Woman on a Mission (courtesy of @i-hate-lettuce)
    MFD – Modified Fast Day (800 cals) on the new Fast800, it’s a FD
    MFP – MyFitnessPal – a smartphone app & website that tracks diet & exercise.
    NFD – Non Fast Day
    OH – Other Half (eg spouse/partner)
    OMAD – One Meal A Day
    PFDS – Post FD Smugness (courtesy of @penz)
    Pocket List – Names to “keep in your pocket” for a common goal for the day
    TDEE – Total Daily Energy Expenditure (see the ‘how it works’ link on the home page to work out yours)
    TRE – Time Restricted Eating
    WFD – Water Fast Day (Water only)
    WFH – Working From Home
    WOL – Way of Life
    WOCA – Woman Of a Certain Age
    ZBC – Zero Breakfast Club

    I’m in! Couldn’t think about missing a challenge now… thanks @michelinme for being our leader!

    I’m in for Jump-Start January
    @michelinme Thank you so much for keeping us going for January!

    Thank you so much @michelinme , I’ll be here on the 1st raring to go 💪

    29 December Scotland
    Hi,I`m Abbie from Aberdeen in Scotland. I’m just getting organised to start the 5:2 diet on 1st January; I’ve bought the book on my kindle and registered just now with this forum. Delighted to see this Jump-Start January Challenge as I think it’s just what I need to keep me motivated. My main reason for starting is for weight loss as I’ve had various health issues this year and a broken femur which has affected my mobility. Less exercise combined with Christmas festive treats has resulted in weight gain – nothing drastic, but keen to lose about 7kg gradually. I’m able to get out walking now that my femur has healed so that will help too. I like the health benefits linked to lowered insulin levels, associated with the 5:2 diet so keen to get going!

    I’m in for January, and certainly plan to find a way back to the discipline and self-control I’ve possessed in the past. @northgeorgia, we still on for our four pound race???? (Ha-ha-ha–to call it a race is totally ridiculous, however, huh?)

    Thanks, @michelinme, for hosting us in January!

    @aberdonian Welcome to our group! Feel free to jump in to the December group for the last few days of the month to start “meeting” the regulars in these monthly challenges!

    Day -2

    Welcome to Jump-Start January old friends @songbirdme @brightonbelle @maui @stitchincarol

    Welcome to 5:2 @aberdonian you’ll find this a hugely supportive international group. We’ll be back here to start in a couple of days, but if you want to get going sooner or have a foretaste do drop in to Decidedly Dangerous December, the December monthly challenge that’s just coming to an end

    Day 0 – UK Cam
    Count me in for Jump-Start January! I shall need to dust off the scales – they’ve been hidden over Christmas. See you ‘next year’ everyone.

    Ready to begin this journey January 1st. Learning and reading the book as I go.

    Hi All,

    My name is Lou and I am starting my fasting journey tomorrow. I have always struggled with my weight and have tried many different diets and as a result my weight has fluctuated drastically over the past 20 years ranging generally from 70kg – 80kg. In the past year I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism which has made it even more difficult to loose weight and I am now sitting at 86.6kg, which is the biggest I have ever been (I have never gone over 80kg even at my heaviest over the years. I am feeling a bit lost and stuck and not sure how to overcome this as it has been so much harder to loose weight with hypothyroidism.

    I am hoping that this forum will encourage me to not give up and to hold myself accountable. Seeing others loose weight on their journey is always good to see. and also gives me hope that it is possible even with an underlying medical condition, as I am sure there will be others out there with similar challenges.

    Current weight: 86.6kg
    Height: 164cm
    Goal Weight: 60kg
    Start date: 01/01/23

    Look forward to working with you all to shed the kgs!

    Day 0 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – NFD

    Count me in please @michelinme! Than you for hosting Jump-Start January 💐

    Thanks @michelinme – it’s been a long time since I first followed this WOL……2022 has been a difficult year, I want 2023 to start as I mean to go on with positivity. Count me in!!!

    Day 0 UK NFD

    Welcome to Jump-Start January old friends @gardenlily @funshipfreddie

    Welcome back @tlc2 – here’s to a better year

    Welcome to 5:2 @tulipcc and @committedtothecause

    The feelings of lost/stuck are all too familiar – and living with health issues makes everything harder. This is a very friendly international forum where we learn together, hold ourselves accountable and the F (failure) word is forbidden – as @jaifaim often says, we rise by lifting others. Hope you’ll quickly feel at home 🙂

    Looking forward to travelling together for this Jump-Start January challenge – who knows what is possible until we begin?

    Recent meme:

    Diet Day 1: I have gotten rid of all the bad food in my house. It was delicious. Ha ha!

    @michelinme thanks for the welcome, looking forward to working with the group. I forgot to mention I am from Tasmania, Australia (aka bottom of the world!).

    Day 1:1 like @songbirdme I have also gotten rid of all the bad food, and yes it was delicious 🙂

    I have always struggled with a sugar addiction so my first goal is to cut out sugar from my diet. I have tried to limit it and “all in moderation” but for me it just does not work, so I need to cut it completely for a while and establish a new relationship with sugar when I am psychologically strong enough to handle it (and I have lost some weight!).

    I am going to try to fast until dinner time as we had a big NYE night last night.

    Good luck everyone!

    Happy New Year 🥳 here’s to a happy & healthy one for all!!!

    Day <1> – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD

    As I continue to cope with a sick body (a mild cold that has sucker punched me), I decided that DH and I should have a NYE treat. Since I’m sick enough to have zero interest in actually cooking, we drove to town and bought six broasted chicken thighs (you know, crispy and greasy, and I was prepared to allow myself three of them!) and a way-larger-than-necessary container of prepared mac and cheese plus some pints of beer that we love. I had ALMOST even mentally granted myself permission to have two of those with the idea that, “It is NYE, after all!”

    I had one piece of chicken, but couldn’t finish it. I had a reasonable portion, neither large nor small, of mac and cheese, and only barely finished it. Drank barely more than half my beer.

    WHO AM I, masquerading as me???

    After a few days of being sick, even though I can eat now, my body is clearly content with new eating patterns. The problem is that my brain isn’t yet on board with the new program, LOL.

    So clearly, the first order of business in this new year that’s creeping up on us all, is to get my brain to remember the goals and follow through on them. And at least I’m not going to bed tonight with FAR too much food in me! 👍

    Thankfully, I have all of tomorrow afternoon to myself. It’s the Christmas gathering of DH’s extended family, and after church he and our boys are driving to that town, but I’m not taking my sick body anywhere near all of them, especially his 92yo mom and all the new babies. So I’m going to spend the day thinking. Making plans. Sorting out what I can and will expect of myself, and what I can’t and won’t demand.

    Have the rest of you come up with a game plan that is in line with your goals and also with your strengths and determination?

    Looking forward to starting the journey yet again and making good progress finally!

    second post

    Hey, @northgeorgia, are you cheering on Georgia as they play against Ohio??

    Day 1 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – FD – Happy New Year! 🎉 ✨

    About me:- David, 60, retired casino/cruise ship crew member. Originally from Manchester in the UK, living in Port Elizabeth (aka Gqeberha) on the south-eastern coast of South Africa. I’ve been fasting on & off since 2014, & maintaining for about 3 & half years with the help & support of this forum.

    A typical FD for me is to eat nothing until 6 pm. Having small meals during the day doesn’t work for me; it just seems to trigger my appetite. So during the day I’ll drink only tea/coffee & water. Around 6 pm I usually slice up an apple &/or carrot & munch on that, & then have something more substantial around 7 pm. Most of the time I’ll just have an omelette with tuna or chicken + a load of veggies. Eggs are ideal for FDs; they’re very filling, low in calories & loaded with vitamins, minerals & protein. I aim for around 600 – 700 cals. On NFDs, which I think most regular 5:2-ers find more of a challenge, I practice TRE. I’m not fanatical about it; I just never feel hungry in the mornings. So I’ll have ‘breakfast’ around 11:30 am or later, maybe a snack of fruit & yogurt in the afternoons & dinner around 7 pm. I only weigh myself the morning after a FD, otherwise the fluctuations on the scale can be discouraging but are really meaningless.

    Wishing everyone a successful Jump-Start January & a very happy 2023!

    Pocket List – Day 1 🍋

    Day 1 Melbourne, Australia FD

    I am a LOCA living by myself. This usually makes it easier to be careful of my intake as I am the one who does the shopping and as long as I shop in the morning before my self control has gone visiting someone else, I can limit the amount of unhealthy food that comes into my house. I work night duty which makes trying to work out when I am on a FD a bit difficult. In the past I have lost weight and then regained it but now want to get to a healthy weight and stay there. Losing weight is not easy but keeping it off in my experience is more difficult. My goal for December was to get down to 75kg which I almost managed a couple of times. My goal this month is to get down to 75kg and not bounce up too much. I would like to end getting down to 72kg but would be happy with 74kg.

    Thank you @gardenlily for hosting December – I am happy that I did not put on weight over Decidedly Dangerous December. And thank you to @michelinme for keeping us going with Jump Start January.

    Day 1 – 2nd Post

    Pocket List – Day 1 🍋

    Day 1 NFD Country west Australia 86.5 kgs
    Thanks @michelinme for hosting. I am looking forward to a year of being on the wagon.
    Goals for the year are to lose 26.5 kgs ( well they say to aim high!!); to ACTUALLY fast; cut down portion sizes and to log the calories on MFP ( which worked last time though I had never counted calories previously). I find that it is a big help to let me know exactly how much I am consuming rather than guesstimating 🤔
    I weigh daily but only record my weight on a Saturday morning.
    Welcome to oldies and newbies.
    Long story short , 60s health professional who DOES know a WHOLE lot better, joined challenges in November 2016 after dabbling a bit by myself with 5:2.
    Accountability, daily posting, doing 5:2 as it should be done ie actually fasting on 2 days a week with 300-500 calories on those day AND eating only to TDEE on NFDs.
    Result = success= lost weight and got healthier and fitter ( main aim).
    Fell off wagon BIG time for some years , yada yada yada – and now here I am back again determined to do 5:2 as I did 5😢years ago !! Only this time I have. LOT more weight to lose.
    Have lost a few kgs since dabbling again late in 2022 but 2023 is a MUST do better year for me.
    Happy New Year all !😁🥂

    Day 1 – UK – NFD

    Happy New Year everyone and welcome to @aberdonian, @tulipcc, @tlc2 and @committedtothecause – as others have already said, we are very relaxed and supportive group all on a mission to succeed in this WOL (way of life).

    A bit about me – I am a WOCA, married, DH has health issues, DD and family inc. DGD live nearby and DS and family live in NZ. I am a retired history lecturer who loves gardening, sewing (mostly quilting) and cooking. I live in a small rural community in East Anglia, have a large allotment, an unruly garden and a crazy dog. I volunteer 2 days a week – one as a gardener for a well-known charity and one with the local Food Bank as a driver. I spend quite a bit of my ‘free’ time with my autistic DGD and helping my DD get some mental space.

    I have struggled with my weight all my life – even as a teenager I was ‘plump’ or ‘chubby’ (never fat, of course!) and now, 55 years later I have, finally, found a way to not only lose that well-established fat but, more importantly, keep it off. 5:2 is easy when you get the hang of it but it is a WOL. I have to be careful about the food choices made over Christmas and have only put back on 2 – 3 lb so now am all fired up for a final push in 2023.

    My plan for 2023: to lose the last 10 lb down to 130 lb so I am at my optimum weight with a couple of pounds to play with. Also to keep up my regular exercise routine. I will start off 2023 with a FD on Tuesday and Thursday this week and also start on the DTF routine.

    Enjoy your New Year’s Day everyone!

    Day 1 UK FD

    Happy New Year!

    First an intro: I’m F58 in London, UK. After a fit and lively life to my mid 30s I put on weight with significant longterm health issues restricted my energy & mobility, then more when stopping smoking and finally menopause. I started 5:2 joining the Dec 2017 challenge and went from 179lb/81kg to 144lb/65kg in around 10 months, dropping 4 dress sizes – 3 sizes while on a plateau!

    I fell off the waggon at the end of 2019 and went back up to 188lb/85kg before jumping back into 5:2 with the Jump In June 2022 challenge! I’ve had long covid since Feb 2020 with ME, dysautonomia, peripheral neuropathy, cognitive impairment and digestion issues all still ongoing. I lost 9kg to November 2022 but have put on an amazing 4kg in December: now at 80kg with new focus, intention and determination!

    I’m Jump Starting January with B2B FD800 – a transition back into this WOL that I’ve always found helpful. My goal for this month is to lose 4kg – if I can gain it in December I can lose it in January, right?! Also to focus on the basics of self-care: sleep, hydration, healthy food, adapted yoga and meditation via morning and evening routines and daily posting.

    Today is also day 9 of virus: I was awake much of the night coughing so very slow start to the NY. No plans to see people as I’m still sick and don’t want to share. But I do plan to rest, fast, bathe and get to bed early – all helpful ways to jump start healthier goals. My mother is still unwell but eating more, hopefully a sign of recovery.


    @committedtothecause (long name!) Happy New Year! Do add your day, location and what sort of day it is for you (FD/NFD etc) to your first line. Then we can keep track across date/time lines and root for one another eg on FDs

    @tlc2 Happy new year!

    @stitchincarol hope you feel better today

    @funshipfreddie thanks for sharing what works for you – and it really does work! Congrats on your successful maintenance

    @malee57 Hopefully I can follow you down to 75kg – stronger together 🙂

    @lilymartin I love your big goal thinking! You’ve got this – intentional, committed, simple & sustainable 5:2 🙂

    @gardenlily thank you again for your wonderful hosting of December Challenge! Happy New Year

    Day 1 Thought – What are your goals – for this challenge, for the year?

    Pocket List – Day 1 🍋

    Day 1 – USA/GA – NFD

    Weigh-in: 219 or 220. I’ll choose 219 for a positive start to the new year!

    @stitchincarol I got my dad a trial subscription to FuboTV so he could watch the game on ESPN. Since it’s only good for 7 days, I’ll have to figure out what to do so he can watch the championship game! I just kept refreshing a google search for the score every few minutes. I cannot believe at just around the stroke of midnight that they pulled ahead and went on to win by one point! Woof woof woof woof woof Not huge into sports, but I am a UGA alumnus 🙂 Oh, and this race *lol*… Yeah, that’s less of a four pound race now for me and more like a six to twelve pound race at this point! I think I started running in the wrong direction!! Ooopss!!!

    Sunday is usually my FD, but with the holiday, Southern tradition dictates I have to have my black-eyed peas today. And…disaster hit last night; my mom’s 30 year old 24 cu ft deep freezer was discovered to have a blown out motor and it was all blackened and burnt. We’re so fortunate it didn’t catch the shop on fire along with my parents’ cars! They could only find a smaller upright freezer available that evening before the store closed, so got it and quickly had the meats in ice and placed into the freezer while it cooled down. Still, there were some things that wouldn’t fit…so last night I was force fed pasta, chicken, and shrimp although I wasn’t hungry. Eeeeek, disaster 🙂

    I return to work on Tuesday, and I’ll plan to make that and Thursday my FDs this week. I’ll also see if tomorrow I can skip supper and have a nice late lunch instead.

    Any tips for a Vegas newbie? Yes, I wanna see some shows, as I’m not into gambling (I may do a few cheap slots or blackjack, etc., for fun, but my money will go to the shows, food, and fun things to try out). A good friend from Florida is coming along; yay!!

    Day 1 USA/HI NFD
    Weigh-in today at 165 lb – made my goal for today! Goal for 2023 is to drop 30 more lbs to 135.
    Welcome to newbies – this monthly challenge is a great tool on our journey to obtain a healthy weight.
    And thanks to all returning to stay the course for long term.
    About me… I found this site a few years back,maybe it was around 2016/17 but did not stick with it. I’m not sure why….memory fails me as to what was going on at the time. Found it again and jumped in to start the October 2022 Challenge. Since 0ct 1 my total weight loss is 12 lbs. I try to do 2 FD’s a week. So far it’s been 800 calorie FD’s but I hope to drop it to 500 in the near future. On NFD I keep calories between 1100 and 1200. My food choices are as KETO as I can make it but I don’t worry too much as long as the calorie numbers are within my set goals. I use MFP app to log calories daily. In the app, which I had not used in years, I see I had a starting weight of 193 lbs in 2010. I think that was my lifetime highest weight. When we moved to Hawaii 47 years ago I weighted 122 -125lbs. I tried many diets over the years and would lose and then regain. Now at age 76 I am determined to stick with it… if not now, then when? LOL. My motivation is increased energy and endurance to be the best caregiver possible for my wonderful DH age 88.
    Onward and downward is the mantra I see posted here and I love it! All the best for 2023.

    Day 1 UK NFD

    Another new start , like a few of you I’ve been IFing with varying degrees of success for years Unfortunately I am currently at my heaviest in years , so time for action I’m not setting weight loss goals but going to concentrate on changing my habits , starting tomorrow I’m going to do the Fast800 for 2 weeks and take it from there ……

    Bit about me -F61 living on the south coast of England with DH and have 2 sons in their 20s .

    Looking forward to our January journey,I’m aiming to get fit , healthy and happy💪

    Day 1 USA (Illinois) OMAD

    Hello, and Happy New Year, one and all! I am Gwynne, 74yo female, retired music teacher, wife, mother, grandmother of 5 granddaughters with another due in late April. DH is a retired pastor and teacher, and we live in a little village in NW Illinois. Weather here goes all over the board from quite hot to very cold. Today we’re socked in with fog!

    I began my 5:2 journey in March 2016 then joined @coda in the May 2016 challenge and have not missed one since then. I had been pushing 200 pounds (90 kg) and over the next 7-8 months lost what I wanted and got down to 160 (72.5). Maintenance has been an ongoing venture, generally doing 6:1 or 16:8 several days a week. MFP has been my constant friend as I hate to count calories. At 160-165 I find fewer wrinkles than if I were less, and at my age, that is important. So, I am right at the high end of ‘normal’ BMI.

    @committedtothecause – welcome! We had one other Tasmanian here a couple years ago. You will find this a great group.

    @tulipcc and @aberdonian – welcome as well. Abbie, are people from Aberdeen Aberdonians? I always like the word “Glaswegian” – thought it was fun.

    @northgeorgia – enjoy your black-eyed peas today! I think I have told you my mother met my daddy at Ft. Benning back in 1942 (he from Chicago in the Army) so have always thought highly of Georgia. A couple cousins went to UGA as well. But being Big 10 folks up here, I was sorry to see Michigan and Ohio State both lose. Hope you can sort out getting ESPN for your father to see the game next week!

    Onward and downward.

    I am ready to get back to fasting I know it works just got complacent. I don’t diet but eat fairly healthy. I have an under active thyroid and this is the only thing that works for me. I want to get back to a healthy weight in a safe sustainable way.
    I have completed my first fast today Jan 1st 2023 and will be doing my second fast of the week tomorrow. I intend to exercise a minimum of 30 mins a day.

    Day 2 country west Australia FD 85.9 kgs
    DH back to work today and helping out a neighbour – farm work rarely stops!!! so I have the luxury of a day to myself, at this stage anyway…..
    @songbirdme, I just LOVE the description of being ” socked in with fog”. It gave me quite a laugh. Love it!🤣
    @northgeorgia, yes start with the 219. The 1 lb does make a difference to the psyche.
    It’s a bit like being pleased to pay $9.99 for an item rather than $10!😊
    @getfitme, welcome back on the wagon.💐 Along with me and @maui and @michelinme – we are pretty good at holding hand across the seas to help each other.
    @penz is holding my hand across the Nullarbor!
    So many of us know this WOL works it’s ‘just ‘ a matter of putting it in to practice and continuing to do so.
    @brightonbelle, another phrase I like today – “IFing” and ain’t that the truth!!!!
    IF works IF we do it !!😁
    Onward and downward !! 😊

    Day 1 second post
    @songbirdme what an amazing coincidence – my parents met at Ft Benning the the early 40’s as well! Dad was from New York and also in the Army. Mom was working in Columbus as a dental assistant. I’m not sure exactly how they met. They could have all known each other. What a very small world!

    Day 2 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – NFD

    Good to have the first FD of 2023 out of the way. Weight today is 71.5 kgs & BMI is 22.1 🎯

    @maui – congrats on hitting your goal for Jan 1st! 🏅

    @tlc2 – welcome back! And welcome to @committedtothecause, @tulipcc, @aberdonian & @getfitme.

    Seems like @at, our computer-whizz is still MIA. Are there any other clever people here who can clear/adapt the spreadsheet for January? This is the link to December’s spreadsheet. I’d do it if I could, but I’m clueless

    We’ve had glorious summer weather this weekend. The town is crazy-busy. Hoping things will start quieting down a little after today’s public holiday.

    Sending RESOLVE to today’s fasters 💪

    Pocket List – Day 2 🍏

    Day 2 Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 FD

    It has been a while since I’ve done a FD. The scales and my tight clothes show the awful truth that I’m back to where I was in 2017 when I first started 5:2 🥺
    2022 became a sad year for our family with the deaths of loved ones. I stopped fasting and it really doesn’t take long for the pounds to pile back on. So now I feel fat and unhealthy as well as sad 🙄
    New Year is a good time to take stock and travel forward with hope for better times ahead, so here I am again.

    @michelinme thank you for hosting this month. For now my goal is to do a FD and stick to 5:2, keeping it simple, one day at a time. Bigger goals will follow when I am back in the habit.

    Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

    Thank you for the welcome back. I’m 53 female from England. SW 69kgs goal 59kgs. I was going to have a back to back fast today but have been invited to dinner. That’s the beauty of this WOL I can just change the day now going to be tomorrow. So today is a NFD for me. I will be going out for a brisk 30 min walk. It looks fresh and crisp out there. Good luck to everyone fasting today.

    DAY 2 – UK – NFD

    I am 60 and female. Lost weight on 5:2 ages ago and then just ate a lot. And thats the reason why I am back here.

    I am 73Kg I would like to get to 63Kg . When I have got rid of this awful cough I will start exercising again . Looking forward to hearing all the success stories!

    Day 2 UK FD

    Successful 1st FD yesterday and today I’m down a whole 2lb 🙂 NB this is Easy On Easy Off weight – I put on 4kg in the last 3 weeks! I’m Jump-Starting January with some b2b FD800 in the hope of getting back to where I was, making steady progress.

    Yesterday’s OMAD FD800 wasn’t the best balanced but it worked as a transition – a huge pile of cauliflower, quorn chicken with a dash of sweet chilli sauce, pear and ginger compote with vegan custard and 15 cashew nuts – carefully counted! Today I’m taking stock of the fridge and particularly veg to do some meal planning, beginning with a batch cook of dahl

    Finally feeling better after 9 days of virus, at least well enough to tackle some of the laundry backlog and wash my hair. I need to get cracking on some overdue writing this afternoon but will keep things in balance and practice better self-care.


    @northgeorgia 219lb is a good place to start!
    @maui congrats on hitting your 165lb goal
    @brightonbelle good to have you with us – and great idea to jump start with 2 weeks FD800. I’ll join you for the first few days
    @songbirdme @maui how amazing that your parents met in the same place!
    @lilymartin great to have a day to yourself – and yes to the IFing!
    @funshipfreddie yay for first FD done and dusted! You are becoming a textbook maintainer 🙂
    @missybear i’m sorry for your losses. And glad you are here. I’m also back to 2017 weight but heading in the right direction with simple 5:2. You’ve got this.
    @dramaqueen welcome 🙂 Love your – ‘Lost weight on 5:2 ages ago and then just ate a lot. And thats the reason why I am back here.’ It’s true for me too! You sound really focussed and committed – here’s to a good Jump-Start January
    @getfitme congrats on first FD

    Day 2 Thought – what’s your top tip?

    Sending strength to today’s fasters – we’ve got this!

    Pocket List – Day 2 🍏

    Day 2 – USA/GA – NFD

    Weigh-in: 219 lbs (again, yay!)… I set my alarm clock to wake me up at the normal getting ready for work time. I got up for a bit then went back to sleep until 9:30 a.m. Awwww… can’t do that tomorrow!

    Going to do a few chores and go out and see if I can’t find a couple of travel sized items for my trip in…well, in about a month! 🙂

    ZBC by default today and then FD Tuesday, here we come!

    Day 2 UK FD

    Back to reality today , managed to get up early(ish) get some chores done I’ve been putting off and a bit of gentle exercise- started the new 2023 yoga with Adriene and have a Thai curry prepped for my dinner , just need to keep at it 💪

    Top tip – keep on this forum – its that time of year when all the various “diet” websites are being advertised- I think this forum provides all the support you need – and it’s free !

    Pocket List – Day 2 🍏

    Day 2 USA (Illinois) NFD

    Another day of New Year’s … is this what you Brits call a Bank Holiday? I suspect so. No bank or mail, many businesses closed. Tonight it is leftover steak from our NYE dinner out for supper, but before that it will be our Illinois football (American college, NCAA) bowl game from Florida. I may have to eat popcorn to ease the jitters hoping they can win!

    @maui – yes! How fascinating! My parents met at a dance on Ft. Benning for the OCS candidates and local females. Mom worked at a men’s clothing store in town, and Dad went in to get her phone number so he could “give her a ring.” To that she answered “so soon?” That’s about all I remember hearing of their courtship. Didn’t last too long before they married.

    Onward and downward.

    Day 2 – Rural Nebraska, USA – NFD 154.2

    I’m delighted with my weight this morning. While I’d far rather be in the low 140s–or lower–the fact that a Sunday didn’t add a couple pounds of bulk to my weight is testament to how well I behaved yesterday. In other words, I ate “reasonably.” That’s a tough challenge, as you all know, and I’m pleased to have pulled it off. I’m more pleased that it wasn’t all that tough; having “reasonable” be a natural choice is the toughest challenge of all!

    After several days spent mostly lying down on the sofa because I felt so awful–and assuring DH how sick I was despite no real evidence to support it other than the occasional cough, LOL–I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve already done some long-postponed tidying and have more on my to-do list for today. And my cold is raging and VERY evident! 🤣 Funny how, when there was nothing visible, I was SICK; now that it’s hugely visible, I feel pretty good! Anyone else affected by colds in that way?

    Oh, and about me: 64, organist, piano teacher, quilter, knitter, cook & baker who seldom gets to bake anymore since I do all the eating, married to a wonderful man, mom to three adults, and Gaga to two adorable little girls. Was thin, then wasn’t, then was, then wasn’t, then by May 2022 almost was, then started eating and gained back 15 pounds. That brings us to now. 🤣 I’ve always been a ZBC member (since I was 18, actually) and don’t mind too much missing lunch, but late afternoon and evening are when I really struggle with not eating and, like @funshipfreddie, once I start eating, my appetite is triggered and it’s tough to stop. Over a year ago, I tried one water fast and discovered it suits me well, so my FDs now are WFs; I do them on the days I drive to Omaha to teach piano lessons and the approach works quite well for me.

    Short term goal (by Easter?) is to be back to 140 or so; ultimately, it would be fun to experience 125 again, but even 132 or 137 would probably suit me fine; I’ll worry about goal weight when I’m getting close–it’s hard to know at this weight.

    @northgeorgia Yeah, you and me both ran in the wrong direction! Which is all the more reason for the two of us being the perfect candidates to have this race: we each needed some serious reframing. I’m back to only five pounds from that 4 pound goal, and I’ll bet you’ll be far closer after your FD today, right? I smiled to think of you refreshing the google search to know the score; I didn’t watch it but heard lots about it! And SERIOUS bummer on your folks’ freezer! My suggestion for Vegas is to see what Groupon and LivingSocial are offering; you can get some good ideas of what there is to do in an area by looking at them.

    @maui YAY!!!!! 🎉🎊🙌🙌 So thrilled for you that you hit 165 on New Year’s Day; well done, you!!

    @songbirdme You make maintenance look so easy even though I know it’s not, so congratulations on pulling it off for so long!

    @getfitme Welcome to the group! We have almost no rules, but are all quite committed to the headers we ask of everyone; there are so many people on this group who come and go, the the header is one of the tools we use to help us remember who you are and your details so we can say intelligent and helpful things to you, so do add that in each post, okay? Exercising 30min each day is a grand goal; is this a natural thing for you, or are you going to have to force yourself to do so?

    @lilymartin Yeah, I felt grand last evening after an entire afternoon to myself; I hope your alone time leaves you feeling equally refreshed and pampered!

    @funshipfreddie Yeah, I’m worried about @at, wondering if that wart (or whatever it was) they took from her husband proved to be problematic…She has been MIA many weeks out of the last year-plus, but always has popped in at the end of each month to make a spreadsheet for the next month; the fact that she didn’t pop in last week is what REALLY got my attention.

    @missybear Welcome back!! And I’m so sorry for the triple whammy of “So now I feel fat and unhealthy as well as sad.” Hugs to you, my forum friend!

    @dramaqueen6 Welcome to the group! We’re at very similar weights, with similar goals! And coughs are so very annoying, aren’t they? I hope it finally disappears for you soon!

    @michelinme Well done on dropping the first two of many pounds! I admire your discipline on simply restarting and getting to it; well done!

    @brightonbelle (and others) Thanks for the reminder that I have been planning to start exercising again. For me, I don’t lose weight with it, but it’s certainly a huge part of being strong and healthy. Okay, either Leslie or Adriene, here I come!

    @songbirdme and @maui Fun to read your chatter about your parents meeting at Ft. Benning!

    Okay, off to get this day well and truly started. I like very much what @maui says:

    If not now, when?

    Day 3 Melbourne, Australia FD

    Sunday’s FD wasn’t. I have already made a big salad for today. It is no longer working for me to try to do a FD on my nightshifts. Circumstances at work have not changed so it is my mind that has. I am having to be more aware of, and ready to fight, my bingeing brain lizard. Especially when I am tired. Which feels like most of the time at the moment.

    The weather is cooler today, so this morning I am doing housework. Then I want to go down to a local park where there is a fitness area that anyone can use to do some strength work. This gets me out of the house, I walk there, and I do arm strengthening exercises. And even if I don’t meet up with friends, I often have a quick chat with other people who are using the equipment.

    Day 2 FD Scotland
    Feeling very pleased to have done my first FD and plan to do my second one on Wednesday. Made the chickpea curry from the 5:2 book and it was lovely! Thank you for all the welcome messages to this forum.

    Day 2 Ohio, US — FD800

    Hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start! My New Year’s celebration was nice: For my main meal I made Southern Spoon Corn Bread and topped it with steamed cabbage and black-eyed peas, traditional Southern US food for New Year’s Day. For my evening meal, I had some ice cream and peanut butter oatmeal raisin cookies, so definitely a FD is in order today.

    @michelinme Thanks for hosting this month! After Dangerous December, I certainly need to Jump-Start my return to normal FD living!

    @aberdonian Welcome to this forum! You’ve come to a great place for support for the 5:2 WOL. By the way, since you listed Day 2 as a FD, I’ve added you to the Pocket List for the day.

    @malee57 Perhaps the nightshift work does something to your circadian rhythms that makes fasting tricky? Whenever my SIL does night shifts as a nurse, she says that it throws off her eating patterns.

    Pocket List – Day 2 🍏

    Day 2 USA/HI NFD

    I appreciate the kind words directed my way for hitting the Jan 1 goal… even a virtual gold medal from @funshipfreddie! I’m setting my next goal to reach 155 lb before my birthday on April 3. I believe 10 lbs in 3 months should be achievable.

    I hope everyone is having a good day or evening. And that those dealing with health issues will feel better soon.

    Day 3 – South Africa 🇿🇦 – NFD

    @missybear – welcome back! 🤗 and welcome to @dramaqueen6

    @michelinme – good to hear you’re feeling better. My goals for this Challenge and the year – to maintain my current weight; & also to ramp up the exercise. I used to enjoy yoga, but haven’t done it for about 3 years. So I’m aiming to get back into that too.

    @brightonbelle – good point! Fasting really works. And it’s not only free – it saves money!

    @stitchincarol – Good to hear you’re feeling perkier too. I didn’t even think of that, re @at – just assumed it was the Christmas/New Year stuff getting in the way of posting. I hope all is okay for her & her DH too!

    @northgeorgia – enjoy Vegas! Never been there, but would love to visit one day. I have visited a casino or 10 though. If you pass by a roulette table – my two favourite numbers are 14 & 29. Just sayin’. I used to love dealing Blackjack, but I never have any luck playing it 🃏

    @maui – 3 more gold medals for you if you shift those 10 lbs by April 3rd! 😅 🎯

    interesting article about treating/reversing diabetes with a low-carb diet & fasting:- https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-11592925/Inspiring-new-study-proves-conquer-Type-2-diabetes.html

    Pocket List – Day 3 🍒

    DAY 3 NFD

    Thank you for the welcomes, so lovely to be part of a warm and chatty group. I admire all of you who have medical issues. yet still continue to do the 5:2.

    Yesterday, wasn’t supposed to be a fast day , but as I was busy it turned into my Fast Day, woo hoo, what a relief 1 down 1 to go! (For the week).

    Day 3 – UK – FD
    Doing a FD today rather than Monday as yesterday was a ‘granny-duty’ day with all the accompanying temptations – which I mostly resisted, but not all! So far, so good. Like @funshipfreddie and several others, I tend to be a ZBC member anyway so looking forward to breaking my fast with some veggie soup at midday, baked chicken and green veggies for supper and a stand-by snack of berries and zero yoghurt if needed. Nothing after 7pm so I can do a good fast again tonight. anyway, that’s the plan…

    Need to keep busy – the small mat I made for DGD was a great hit so now I have to make a ‘beach camp site but one where the tide can come in and catch people unawares’. (ie fold up sea section) – all great fun to design and make on such a small scale. I also need to draw up a year plan for the garden – I do this each year and then try to tackle each section in turn – never actually works out as planned – nature has a habit of doing that 🙁 – but at least it helps focus the mind!

    Lovely to see some new names in the group – good luck everyone starting on this WOL.

    @malee57 – I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to do a FD whilst on night shift, almost impossible. Getting down to the park for exercise sounds like a good plan and it is always nice to chat with folk whilst doing your stretches etc. Good luck.

    @stitchincarol – well done with the weight drop – keep it up, you will soon catch me up! Hope you are soon feeling better.

    Right, back to emails and admin work (garden club meetings etc). Good luck to anyone else on a FD today – think positive!

    Pocket List day 3

    Day 3 Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 NFD

    Yesterday’s FD wasn’t as difficult as I feared and I slept well. Planning a good low carb NFD today well within TDEE. I need to retrain myself to enjoy low carb again as too many processed and sugary foods have crept back into my diet recently…..comfort food that ultimately makes me feel terrible.

    @funshipfreddie the article you posted today was a very well timed reminder to me of the benefits of low carb eating, thanks for sharing.

    Day 3 – USA/GA – FD

    Weigh-in: 220 lbs. Although on the heavy side, I am trending at least a pound lighter each day this week so far… Rediscover the joys of soup here in the northern hemisphere (and salads in the southern hemisphere)…

    This fog is going to make for a terrible commute this morning.

    Pocket List – Day 3 🍒

    Day 3 UK FD

    Another successful FD800 yesterday and I’m down another 2lbs to 172lb – almost halfway to losing my Christmas 4kgs!! I do love the combo of EOEO weight loss and b2b FD800s for their Jump Start effect.

    Yesterday’s FD menu included the last nub of cheddar with half a cucumber, a piece of granary bread & vegan butter, parsnip and carrot dahl, banana and vegan custard and 25g unroasted cashews – still not the best balanced diet but better 🙂 Also pleased that I ate earlier and had a better balanced day, starting with self care and sorting out home/chores rather than jumping into catching up with project work.

    Today I’m pulling a 3rd B2B FD800 – it feels so simply sustainable that I might as well make the most of it! I’ve had a rest this morning after waking up feeling wiped out, but defnitely on the mend. I’ll add in gentle stretching and meditation to today’s routine, a few hours’ project work then another early finish/early night. GP due to visit my mother at home today – fingers crossed for a helpful visit. My brother is gettng pretty wiped out now too.


    @brightonbelle – sounds as tho you’ve made a jump start with your Thai curry and exercise plan! Yes, this forum is all the support we need 🙂
    @songbirdme yes, New Year bank holiday yesterday! Hope your team won the game 🙂
    @stitchincarol hope you feel better today. I’m the same with a virus – feel awful for a few days until my immune system has kicked in and produced the symptoms, then start to feel better
    @malee57 that sounds like a good rethink of FDs – and great way to get out of the house and exercising
    @aberdonian congrats on your first FD! Chickpea curry sounds good – which book are you following for recipes?
    @matpi love hearing about the traditional recipes. Hope you had a good first FD800 of 2023
    @maui 10lbs in 3 months sounds like an achievable goal! Rooting for you 🙂
    @funshipfreddie restarting yoga sounds like an excellent plan. Your maintenance seems so solid – it’s great to have you cheering us on and reminding us what’s possible!
    @dramaqueen6 woo hoo for unplanned FDs! This WOL is surprisingly easy to do and to maintain and it’s really effective. Most of the battle is in our heads!
    @gardenlily that sounds like an excellent FD menu. I love the combination of your DGD’s inventiveness and your creativity! How old is she?
    @missybear well done on the FD! I’m found carb/sugar ‘treats’ became habits over the last month – so easy to go from once a week to almost daily – and definitely not comfort food once I’ve eaten them!
    @northgeorgia hope you had a safe commute. I’m rediscovering the joys of dahl this week 🙂

    My top tip – drink! Lots of water/herbal tea/marmite tea makes fasting easier and snacking much easier to resist. Relearning when we’re hungry and when we’re thirsty is a bonus

    Day 3 Thought – what’s the best thing about 5:2?

    Pocket List – Day 3 🍒

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