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16 Apr 19
Hi Slimbo, it would be good to keep this going as there’s been useful advice and comments for those who are a bit older and want to stick around as healthily as possible for as long as they can.
I’m trying not to resort to the ‘uwinding’ glass of wine when I get in from each day at the exhibition. Its exhasting as I’m chatting to people and painting at the same time and have to be here all day…. But so far ok just a couple of lapses and feel more in control again today. I’m missing my daily walk or my running but hopefully will pick it all up when we finish the exhibition next Tue.
Lost 1.7 pounds due to yesterday’s Fast. 🙂
Cyberjack – Sorry about the late reply. Yesterday was a non tech day. I burned a few calories getting the allotment ready for the new season! Konjac noodles, they are also known in this country as slim pasta, barebaked noodles, etc. People either like them or hate them and as Serendipity said they are quite bland. I find that combined with strong flavours they help get over those miserable days when nothing but a stodgy plate will do. You can get them from Amazon, although there is a very good offer at the moment at Holland and Barrett (buy a 200gr pack for £2.59 and get the second pack for a penny.). Whatever the scales show, tomorrow is another day…
Serendipity – Congrats on your six pounds. How do you find the aqua sessions? I really love mine, the water helps me tremendously in doing some movements which would be impossible for me on dry land.
Sherjoy – Best of luck with your sugar issues. When I started the Fast 800, I recall how I thought I might be able to cope with 5:2. Never envisaged how manageable it was going to be, so much so that the following week I went on it full time. For me, the key was to plan carefully and balance the contents of the meals. Low calories thick vegetable soups became routine lunch. But also I ensured to be able to have 1 square of Lindt 70% chocolate as dessert with my coffee every evening, and 1 ‘pretend stodgy’ meal a week. These treats, all accounted for, have enabled me to be fairly good. Mind you reading other people’s entries also helped a lot, the knowledge that someone else is experiencing the same things as us is very therapeutic: gone is the feeling of isolation.
19 Apr 19
It’s a good Good Friday for me. I’ve just reached a loss of one stone and my BMI
I’ve been following the 5:2 for 14 weeks almost exactly so my loss is one pound a week which seems to fit in with the average.
Happy Easter everyone and thank you for your encouragement.
Great news Slimbo – Congratulations!
Happy Easter everybody.
Well done Slimbo, that’s wonderful. I’m at a really low weight too but tonight after another exhausting exhibition day have had glass or two if wine, eaten flapjacks (s!) and chocolate. So I’ve taken myself ‘away from the occasion of the offence’… upstairs… as I think is a Catholic thing, like avoiding the street where your favourite pub is.
@frogzy I bought ‘BareNaked’ noodles but wasn’t keen as they were slightly slimy? However, will be back on track tomorrow as I really like this leaner me. I’m missing running, just knackered talking to people this week. It was the ‘Holiday Seaside Special’ today from St Panc down to Whitstable and the beach was rammed. Selling lots of work which is great.
26 Apr 19
How does one gain the high percentage of protein daily 60g at least? I don’t seem to eat the recommended high proportion. Am I misunderstanding what I read? ( page 92)
27 Apr 19
Cyberjack, protein is one of my concerns too. I’ve just read the page and it also says as we get older we need more.
I have started eating more walnuts and brazils but when you’re semi vegetarian as I am it gets more difficult. I’ve been aware lately that my diet is still not very good.
50 – 60g is mentioned. I think I need to re vamp my shopping basket and put in more quorn etc. I eat chicken and fish but no red meat.
When I saw the word, ‘flapjack’ in your previous post I wanted one immediately! They’re my favourite, especially the gooey ones.
I have a great recipe…lots of calories, only one a week I reckon
Prep large oven tray with non stick baking paper
Melt together in large pan, stirring on low heat
8oz marg or butter
2 tbsp golden syruo
9oz soft dark brown sugar
Add 1teasp vanilla essence
Stir 1lb rolled oats
Press into tin flatten, Bake 20 mins but watch as they’ll burn if you look away
Cut into rectangles whilst still warm or they’ll shatter all over the kitchen. Freeze in batches. Cut into 32 = 132 calories 😳
Hello All. I’m about to turn 62, and I originally hail from Montreal, Canada. I followed the 5:2 diet for about 6 – 8 months back in 2015 and was really successful; I lost 45 lbs, which brought me down to my target weight. I have been fairly successful at keeping the weight off, but since returning to Montreal 2 years ago, I haven’t been back to the gym, and the past 6 months I haven’t been taking my walks regularly – the weather has been truly abominable this winter, and supposed spring. Needless to say my weight has started creeping up again, and I now have 8 lbs. to lose. I tried to start back on 5:2 two weeks ago, but I am constantly sabotaging myself. Last time I was on the program, I followed and contributed regularly to the forums. You all sound like a great group, and I am hoping with your help, I will be able to regain my will power and keep on track.
Yep time to regroup. I was a Weightwatcher for 40 years did all their plans, always lost weight but usually regained about 8lbs. It’s great to try a new plan. Buy the book take a pencil and write notes and stick in post-its. The 800 is really good nutritionally. I love it. Its a bit like Weightwatchers Quick Start but far more scientifically controlled and of course, updated with research. I’m a convert ( so am very zealous) and the lightest and fittest ice been for years.
Oh yes I’d definitely agree with Cyberjack’s advice to read the book. I’ve read mine twice and it’s full of underlinings. I found the positive results very inspiring. Today I have done my strictest fast day yet. I didn’t eat my 400 calorie meal till 4pm. Have never waited that long before. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought. I followed it with raspberries and yogurt. This has stopped me from feeling hungry this evening. Last week I did 3 fast days to give me a push to my first goal. Wouldn’t do that too often but it worked.
Cyberjack thanks so much for the flapjack recipe. I’ll make it for a special treat when I hit the next goal.
28 Apr 19
Thank you cyberjack and Slimbo. I have ordered a copy of the new book. My first fast day is tomorrow, wish me luck!
Oh well done DJ. Yes good luck. Let us know how you get on.
30 Apr 19
Well, not a total success. I ate between my 10 – 6 window, with a total of 501 calories. I couldn’t stand the hunger at night though, couldn’t get to sleep so had a snack of apple sauce and 2 slices of low fat swiss cheese, which put me to sleep. Total calories were 665. Not a complete loss, but wondering if I am going to be able to maintain the 10 – 6 window.
Today’s another day, I think I will be able to eat a little below my TDEE.
I found the same thing when I first tried this 6 years ago. I gave up very quickly but so wish I hadn’t. I’ve had 6 years at about 2 stone overweight when if I’d persevered——
You could make it easier to start with and maybe do 800 to begin with until you get used to the eating window. I’ve found the later you eat the better. You won’t be so hungry at bedtime.
I just couldn’t manage 500 a day but the Fast800 has worked. I am now struggling with non fast days. I either eat far too much or scrape up to just about 1,000. I am 70, 5’2″ in height and weigh 8st 4lbs. I’m light framed. I worked my bmr as 1,739.1 I think I would put on weight eating that much but maybe I eat more than I realise. I run twice a week, walk as much as I can, do some weights (not much) and do yoga every week. I’m delighted to be the weight I like but am so anxious to relax. I’m doing 5:2 now and trying to keep to proteins as I never used to eat enough of them.
Just recalculated, I was totally wrong my BMR basic, doing nothing is 1,094. Oops. Must keep active then….the calculator then says “To maintain your current weight you’ll need 1,943 calories per day” as long as I stay active.
1 May 19
Cyberjack, I do know what you mean about relaxing. I hate having to think about food all the time but I’m so thrilled to have lost a stone since January that I’m persevering. I worked out this morning just how my weight has dropped. I’m calculating per calendar month and it looks like this:-
January 3lbs, February 4lbs, March 3lbs, April 3 lbs. In early January I had hard to read scales so I gave myself a pound then. The extra pound in February was because I ate more salad I think. Ideally I’d like it to be 4lbs a month so there’s a lesson for me there. I don’t mind it being so slow as I feel it’s more sustainable and I have eaten badly at times.
I suspect I’d find 800 fast days easier and I may do that once I lose my next half stone.
DJ You will find your own level as I am doing. Just keep experimenting a bit and don’t worry if you go over on fast days. Tomorrow is another day.
2 May 19
Sadly, I also blew it on my NFD day and was well over TDEE. I looked over everything I ate, and the foods were healthy, but some of the items I ate can be easily replaced with lower cal options. Today is FD # 2, I will see how I do. One thing about both previous days was that I did a brisk walk for 2.5 hours which incorporated climbing 400 stairs and running 100 stairs, so not a complete loss for either day. Onwards and downwards!
I had an over-the-top eating evening after a stressful day but didn’t eat until 1:00pm today and early this morning went to the gym, did treadmill and weights then an hour of a Hatha yoga class so I’m hoping not to be piling on the adipose. Its because I had a whisky and dry ginger when I got in last night to ‘relax’ 🥃🙄…
Well at least you’re both exercising. I think I’m being a bit careless this week and not eating enough on my NF days.
I can feel myself relaxing too much because my weight hasn’t gone up this week and I’d feared it might.
I must follow your exercise examples and get the bike out ! I’ve given myself a new goal. Half a stone off by August 1st. I’ve been a bit disappointed that my monthly losses are 3lbs instead of 4 each month apart from February. So, maybe an occasional week with 3 fast days to get where I want to be.
3 May 19
Well struggled again with my fast day, total calories 691. I also didn’t do my normal mountain walk, the weather was just too horrible, instead ran errands, and walked to and from my younger son’s place for a total of 45 minutes. Today is a NFD, so I am determined to stick within TDEE!
4 May 19
Thanks everyone, this is a very helpful post. Been convincing my 67 y/o mother to try the diet and she never wanted to listen, until I showed her this. Good luck to everyone!
The Fast800 is far ‘friendlier’ I’ve found than 500. I’m thd lightest I’ve been fir years and now seem to be staying at this weight. Maintenance is difficult though.
Hello again everyone. Mukica I’m sure your mother will find this a lot easier than she thinks. Sharing experiences helps too.
It’s my fast day before weigh today. I caved in at about 2 and had a big salad. I lasted till 4 last Saturday but knew I couldn’t do that today. I didn’t lose weight last week but I definitely lost at least an inch around my middle. My navel seems nearer to my waist. Is that really possible? Anyway it’s lovely to think that some of my fat is shifting. They say don’t get hung up on weight but measure as well. It’s certainly perked me up and I’m still a stone lighter!
Thank you Slimbo, I’ll visit this thread more often and update her! (She doesn’t like technology much LOL)
7 May 19
I am 67, and have been doing the 5:2 since March 18. I had lost 12 lbs, but had a friend come visit for the week, and strayed. I got back on the fast today, having gained 1.6 lbs from that week. I have been on and off WW since the 70s, but this new version just didn’t work for me. I love this 5:2! It has really curbed my appetite, especially for sweets and starches. It is great to hear that others close to my age are also finding success with this way of life!
I accidentally unsubscribed to this thread, think I’ve re-subscribed now. I am still finding non fast days difficult although still the lightest I’ve been for years. If I drink even one glass of alcohol all my planning goes haywire.
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