My accountability thread

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  • Starting a thread for accountability/to keep a diary of my journey.

    I have tried 5:2 in the past and had some success. Over the past few years I have gained quite a bit of weight and then gone on to lose about half of that weight through the usual diet and exercise.

    I have been regularly exercising for the past 2 years so I am fortunately quite fit but find I can easily eat/drink back my calories due to being on the shorter side. I have found I am in a cycle of gaining and then losing the same 10lbs. I need an approach that means I don’t need to obsess over calories every day of my life and allows me to enjoy social occasions which I am hoping 5:2 will be perfect for.

    I am 26 years old, female, 5ft 2 inches and weighed in this morning at 139lbs (63 kilos).

    Alongside 5:2 I will be taking 4x 45 minute spin classes each week which is fairly typical for me.

    I would really like to lose 20lbs (9 kilos) before the end of this year which would take me back to my pre-university weight at age 18. I hope this is a realistic goal?

    Today is my first fast day – I have found it slightly difficult so hoping they will become easier with practice. I have just exercised after eating 160cals so far today and it was perfectly doable.

    Wish me luck!

    If it helps to know, I lost 9kg in 6 months from 94.3kg to 77.3kg when I first started doing this 6.5 years ago. I thought I’d lost a little too much so these days I aim for 79.6kg to give me a BMI of 22.5. Today – after a 2.5 week holiday in Canada when I wasn’t fasting at all – I am 80.7kg. I always go straight back to my fasting regime after every holiday and never do it when I am on holiday.

    If you can stick with it, it should work although it may take until January or February (allowing for a bit of Xmas excess) to lose all your 9kg target. It may be worth setting a few interim targets to help with the motivation. That certainly helped me when I first started.

    Good Luck.

    Thanks Mr Data – that’s all really helpful to know!

    Checking back in today after four weeks on 5:2.

    I managed to complete the following:
    Week 1 – 2 fast days, 4 spin classes
    Week 2 – 2 fast days, 4 spin classes
    Week 3 – 2 fast days, 2 spin classes
    Week 4 – 2 fast days, 3 spin classes

    I’ve had guests staying, done lots of socialising and also had a busy work schedule so I wasn’t quite able to squeeze in as much exercise as I would have liked over weeks 3 and 4.

    My exact start weight was 139.2lbs and I am now 134.2lbs so a 5lb loss which puts me back in the healthy weight range for BMI.

    This may be a slower loss than others but I have been out to eat on a number of occasions and also had social events where I have been drinking alcohol etc therefore I am very happy!

    There was no big drop in weight the first week as some others have experienced which I expect will be due to the fact I was already regularly exercising and watching what I ate. It seems that it has been a gradual and consistent loss over the weeks so far.

    Here’s to the next four weeks!

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