RT those funnies were the best from all.
@debster251 how kind you are and gentle with your words. Thank you for caring and for the support.
@pollypenny you sound lovely and I would bet a round smile has your face shining with beauty
I am 5 ft 4.5 in, I have lost half an inch in the last few years in height anyways!
@fastingme I am guided by how I felt when I was slim, so 125 would be a good compromise between face and figure. I also weight train so I pack a lot of muscle (with layers of the white stuff on top). I have a tiny frame which is very hour glass. And I value my blobs so want to keep those (but not the hips….lol)
Muscle is denser than fat, and at the moment I am a UK size 12, and my biggest 45 lbs heavier a size 16. As I have been exercising with weights (I love body pump) then I am fit, although injured. I also spin and love that. I think the next 7lbs will make the most visible difference.
Fat doesn’t sit well on toned muscles. Luckily mine is under the skin and not internal.
Still Day 22 –
Imrenfrey – that is quite amazing, that’s 55 lbs in 5 months. Did you have plateaus along the way? You say you hope it is sustainable. There are several folks maintaining on this forum so stay plugged in.
Day 22, Guildford UK, NFD
Vegetable day largely.
Except for a bacon sandwich!
Tomorrow will be a fast day, very hard times at moment and shoulder is in pain.
@safarigirl I am in awe of those steps.
Day 22 2nd post Huntingdon UK
@m33 Just caught your post. I have been fasting 2 days per week only the last 4 weeks. At the same time I have been doing steps. I did steps a bit last year and then stopped. I started again this May ending 5:2 simultaneously.So this May I started steps at 10,000 per day and have been moving up bit by bit to 20,000 a day which I grant you is a fair few but once you get used to it its fine. My job is sedentary so it sometimes takes me a couple of hours in the evening to reach that target. What I can tell you is that for me, the calorie control of 5:2 AND the steps has yielded me a calorific deficit such that I am losing about 2.5 lbs per week …… having said that …. I am working hard at it … but am determined to change my body shape and when i reach my goal weight go to maintenance fast and steps which I predict will be less. Keep going with it I would say … happy stepping !
Back home off to bed with keffir another FD done fingers crossed for sleep
KT low carb can effect mood maybe eat some good low gi carbs (sweet potatoes quinoa oats etc) for a day to see if it makes you feel brighter? Then you can get back in it if you want to one day won’t hurt and it might lift your mood x
Hope everyone else is ok xx
Day 22 Post 1 Huntingdon UK FD
Well actually the plan was to be a NFD but i was working with a colleague today who has just started the 5:2 WOL and so I decided to fast with him to support him ( he confided he gets grumpy when hungry …. so thought we could get grumpy together!!!!!) ….. OH yeah … here is me sounding like the expert just having started myself 5 weeks ago !!!
We were delivering some dementia care training and I suggested we left the place where the attendees were having their lunch and go and sit outside and have some low calorie fluids. We happily chatted through lunch break about how things were going with the training and future projects and then returned to the training session. As we left to come home he said…. ” you know we have been so busy I didnt really miss lunch and haven’t felt grumpy at all” So pleased to help a friend through one of their early fast days .
My actual planned FD is tomorrow …. so I am considering a BTB…… I will just see in the morning !!!!
Keep on keeping on !
Evenings are my weak time, I just want to give in and stuff my face. Reading today’s comments is helping me to keep strong & stay away from the fridge.
I wore a pedometer last week & was dissapointed to see that I was only averaging 5,000 steps a day. I don’t drive & I walk to work so was hoping it would be higher. Last 4 days I’ve been walking around the block a few times & walking home the long way to make it up to 10,000 steps, I hope it helps.
Have a good one RT.😊
Well done on your long fast too.P
Hi Fast Trackers and Hello World (You All know Who You ARE) 😉
BELIEVE it or not , These are REAL 911 Calls!
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is your emergency? Caller: I heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the brown house on the corner. Dispatcher: Do you have an address? Caller: No, I have on a blouse and slacks, why?
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is your emergency? Caller: Someone broke into my house and took a bite out of my ham and cheese sandwich . Dispatcher: Excuse me? Caller: I made a ham and cheese sandwich and left it on the kitchen table and when I came back from the bathroom, someone had taken a bite out of it. Dispatcher: Was anything else taken? Caller: No, but this has happened to me before and I’m sick and tired of it!
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is the nature of your emergency? Caller: I’m trying to reach nine eleven but my phone doesn’t have an eleven on it. Dispatcher: This is nine eleven. Caller: I thought you just said it was nine-one-one Dispatcher: Yes, ma’am nine-one-one and nine-eleven are the same thing. Caller: Honey, I may be old, but I’m not stupid.
My Personal Favorite!!! Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What’s the nature of your emergency? Caller: My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart Dispatcher: Is this her first child? Caller: No, you idiot! This is her husband!
And the winner is……….
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 Caller: Yeah, I’m having trouble breathing. I’m all out of breath. Darn….I think I’m going to pass out. Dispatcher: Sir, where are you calling from? Caller: I’m at a pay phone. North and Foster. Dispatcher: ! Sir, an ambulance is on the way. Are you an asthmatic? Caller: No Dispatcher: What were you doing before you started having trouble breathing? Caller: Running from the Police.
Have A Happy Weekend All You beautiful Losers 😆
Oh, good! It is cooler in London, my friend in Paris complained yesterday about hit and no air conditioner. I went outside early in the morning today and might go to the grocery store after sunset+34C and humid
The pastries I like are from Laduree- there is a shop in London. you live in London and like sweets in Copenhagen- the grass is always greener somewhere;-)
Day 22, UK, FD
Day 22 – NFD West Yorkshire UK
Oops haven’t posted for at least a week.
Wasn’t feeling very well had a chest infection
Started back this week FD yesterday stuck to the plan though I was working away that’s a 1st as I usually change my fast day when I’m working away.
Weigh day is Saturday not expecting to lose anything but we will see.
Hope everyone is doing well.
@annemarilyn – it seems to have been very quick and as I move towards maintenance I just hope it is sustainable. I started with calorie restriction and reduced carbs, based on reading the Blood Sugar Diet at the start of February, moving to 5:2 at the end of March. So almost 5 months.
I am amazed at how much weight I have lost in that time, and how much I have shrunk – both more than I thought possible when I started. I am down 25kg (almost 4 stone) from my heaviest point, although that was slightly artificial following a preiod of definite over indulgence, and I have lost 10-15cm(4-6″) from my waist, hips and bust – I don’t have all of those measurements from when I was biggest. I’ve dropped 2 clothing sizes, and slimmed down in places I didn’t realise were carrying fat. More importantly, I feel so much healthier.
Hiya, today is on a NFD, but I ate very little as I was having a takeaway tonight as a friend is over. Thai green chicken curry and peanut M&Ms 🙂
I found a great idea for low calorie soup…. A knoor chicken stock cube, the gelatin like cubes. They are less than 15 calories and you can add as much hot water as you like.
I think they are going to be my saving grace on fast days.
Will weigh myself on Sunday!!
Hope you are doing well! You will below 75kg in no time!!
Hi Thanks for the tips. Yes I will join in for the last week try and get myself ready for the july challenge. I will fast tomorrow. Thanks.
Day 23 – NZ – NFD
Wow–it is quiet on here. Sherry Ann, did you get lost in Yellowstone???? I am hoping to go to Glacier before too long. I’m thinking of flying to Chicago and taking the train. We have a quick one stop flight to Chicago. My bil did that and said the train was awesome…..
So, I’m keeping on keeping on. Right now I’m still sorting out exactly what I want to do. I have two weeks left before my husband and daughter return. I’ve done well avoiding sugar and gluten and not eating until the afternoon. I don’t think I’ve kept to 500 calories, but not too far off. I went to yoga for the first time this year. Wow! Hard to believe. It was great. I wonder how much I’ll feel it tomorrow?
I’ve also managed to go through a huge bin where we threw all our detritus from the old kitchen. So I get to click that off the list! I’ve done the top shelf of my side of the closet. I was relatively ruthless for me. I doubt I’ll accomplish everything I want to but I’m making progress at least…..
Good luck to anyone out there fasting today!!!!
MJ – another breakfast for dinner – bacon roll. Feel like I’m having all this week’s breakfasts in one day!
Good luck with the kitchen, Rowena…hope it all works out.
still eating lchf- only cheat has been a few squares of dark chocolate
but not fasting
putting weight on, bloated and tired so dr sending me for screening which is totally stressing me out
also water has come through from upstairs flat, through my fuse box – 3 times in last 12 days
housing cant send anyone until Tuesday
mental health has deteriorated considerably
rationality is on its way out of the window!!
(thank God it is cooler!!)
Day 22 – SW WA USA – NFD
Good FD yesterday. Plans unexpectedly changed, and it was easier to keep controlled. I am in good company it seems, of several on a plateau. Hopefully, our whoosh will come.
@Imrenfrey – congrats for reaching your goals weight wise. How long was your journey?
@awilson – love it, you had a fun time and didn’t gain weight.
End of year goodies at school. Staying controlled so far. Just a couple of more days to go.
Day 22: Gloucestershire, UK: Yet another NFD to add to my l o n g list of them.
Last FD was definitely 8th March, I looked it up. However, DO keep trying…
MJ thanks, the week has gone well. Very busy but positive.
Successfully fasted today. Will be interesting to see if 2 FDS and 3 16.8 have helped me lose any weight. Really hope so.
Electrician here at the mo. Oh is back and think he’s off work tomorrow to work on the kitchen. I can’t wait til it’s done. Driving me insane!!!
Sorry to hear about your accident. Zero calories, huh? That’s intense… How often do you do those? Also 65 calories in a year is a lot. What weight did you start out at, if you don’t mind my asking?
That’s us finished …a good day for us both…pork chop with salad..out and about this afternoon, a quick job we had to do…
Hoping everyone else is having a good day..
An hour of rain now beautiful blue sky…feels much better..
Hi Steffieagle, I am very impressed with your walking and the good effect it has had on your weight loss. 5000 miles is quite a significant distance. I know I should go for walks but walking without a dog seems very strange to me without somewhere particular as a destination. We have a dog but he has very particular ideas about where he wants to go that my sister has let him get away with for too long for me to face the challenge of retraining him. He also pulls horribly and vanishes if you let him off the lead. Walking him would be no fun at all. My sister spoiled him, she can deal with him. This is silly because I actually really like walking, and there are lots of paths around through woods and fields. Time is an issue too, and sore feet. I am prone to plantar fasciitis. I get at least 5000 steps a day just letting the animals out, doing their water and putting them away again. And on busy days I get close to 10000 without going anywhere else anyway.
Here’s the link to check out
My boyfriend is totally blowing it this week and it’s only Thursday. I’m staying strong hoping he gets inspired. Fast day today so wish me luck.
Day 22- Montreal- NFD
I started the 5-2 diet 3 months ago to lower my bad cholesterol and loose weight. The blood test results are back and I’ve lowered my bad cholesterol by 30%. I’ve lost 30 pounds. I’ve reduced both my blood pressure and resting heart rate. All of my numbers are in the normal range.
I’m very happy I’ve found the 5-2 diet.
Day 22 – USA *(Utah, visiting) – FD
Just like @tlc2 I need a FD to reset my body, water weight, and metabolism. Gone do it today, well maybe just a modified 16:8.
Wow, @redrockgirl302 – sure would be fun! Let me look it up and see if I can swing it to find you! I know I have some “Grandma” duties over the next several days, but it might just work. Email me at SongBirdMe@aol.com with some more about you. I am Gwynne BTW.
Onward and downward – keep safe from the heat, northern hemisphere!
Day 22 Oregon USA FD
I had a fun day yesterday with my girlfriends and didn’t gain any weight!! Yippee!!
Looking forward to yoga this morning.
Interesting… like you I lost a lot of weight (36 pounds) a couple years ago and then gained 12 back over the past year. DETERMINED to get rid of it and keep it off, and I’m hopeful about 5:2 letting me do that. I’m on Day 11. I lost four pounds after the first couple of days, but since then I haven’t lost any. HOWEVER, I do feel more energetic, and I am definitely less bloated… and hey it’s early days yet! Still hopeful. 🙂
As a weight loss plan, the fast days give you a large calorie defecit over the week, so if you want intermittent fasting without weightloss, the mathmetician in me says recalculate your daily calorie allowance so that even with the fast days you don’t have a defecit, and adjust until you have stability. I guess I’ll be testing the theories myself soon as I think I need to move from weight loss to maintenance.
I am fasting today. Had a good FD on Tuesday after my pastry wobble in the morning but not a very controlled non FD yesterday.
It’s been very hot in London and I do fall for the “glass of Rose” temptation after work.
Still – I am sticking to Fasting today despite another unfocused start to the day and am hoping to stay under 500 cals.
Alisa – yes lots of lovely pastries here from all over the world. However, my favourite place for getting these treats are when I pass through Copenhagen in Denmark on route home to visit my family in Sweden. The Danes make the most delicious creations but they are full of butter and sugar. I’m making my mouth water just thinking of them… 😮
Ratatouille – that is lovely to hear that you feel good about where you are in size and look. It is a great feeling and well done for taking time to acknowledge it! And the insight is such an important part of making the food management work. Well done you and hope you keep it going.
I keep trying my dresses on to keep me focussed – so far it is working 🙂
Take care all and have a good FD if you are fasting and enjoy your food if you are not.
P.S It’s a lot cooler here in London today. 🙂
Day 22 – UK – FD
Hope you are all having a lovely day my global friends 🤗
Day 22 – USA – NFD
@krisnia, you’re welcome! We are all learning together what works for us and it’s great to get tips, isn’t it? Just a reminder that the amount of daily protein on LCHF should be moderate, not high. High protein turns into glucose, which will defeat your purpose. See free YouTube videos by Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. Eric Berg. They will explain it way better than I.
Hello everyone. I’m really impressed with how well we’ve all done and happy that some of you want to continue- great idea, Lynne.
Lynne, you have had done so well and must be noticing a big difference. We have a similar amount of weight to still lose and I think and it’s very useful to work with people with similar targets.
Sweettooth – you have worked so hard at keeping 7 lbs off and getting back on plan when life has got in the way. That shows real resolve so I’m sure you’ll get there in the end.
Duds- fanatstic results so far (and good luck for te weigh-in tomorrow). You have really helped me by thinking about long term goals.
Floridag1r1- again, fantastic work in continuing to lose weight at a nice steady rate since 1st January. 23lbs is a lot!
I’m on a FD today but will have to aim for about 600 calories. We have guests and I couldn’t escape eating at lunch time. I skipped breakfast and I won’t eat tonight apart from cups of tea.
I think you’re right about the equinox, Duds and if it’s OK with you, I’ll start a new ‘diminishing days thread’ so that new people feel able to join our merry throng, if they wish to. It’s been great to have done this together and I look forward to getting together on the new thread for more mutual support.
Day 22 Massachusetts USA FD I missed yoga class this am, I’ll make it next week. I’m not as good at getting up and out early! Someone just mentioned “epic plateau” and that’s what I’m on. When I did 5/2 in 2013 I lost 16 pounds in 4 months. This time, I’ve lost 8 pounds in 6 months. I really don’t find the FD’s difficult and I track calories ever day, I watch carb intake. I could watch sugar intake better on NFD’s, even though I stay at TDEE. I’m waiting for a whoosh effect. Still comittted because I was so content when I spent a year at my ideal weight. I trust this will work as a WOL, just hoping for better results soon. 🙄
I lost 65 pounds about 4 years ago. This was before I knew about 5:2; lost the weight by counting calories with the aid of an iPhone app. It took almost a year to lose. When I found out about 5:2 I tried it as a maintenance plan because counting calories wasn’t something I wanted to do long term.
This past January I had an accident and couldn’t walk for a couple months. I spent my days just sitting in my chair or lying in bed. Prior to the accident I would say I was moderately active, walking the dog twice a day for 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hours each walk.
I continued to fast after the accident but my activity level went to 0 and I think I tended to overeat on non fast days. During the time I was laid up I gained 8 pounds.
Even though things are much improved now I’m still not back to my normal activity level, and it still hurts to walk without a cane but I do the best I can. Having trouble taking the 8 pounds off, though. It seems I lose 2 pounds one week and put it back on the next, but I won’t give up. I don’t want to go back to being fat (sorry if the “F” word offends anyone, but that’s what I was).
I’ve been doing 0 calorie fast days for about a year, and found that after a while it becomes normal. I don’t really miss eating on fast days and think now it would seem odd to eat on those days. Yes I get hungry, but as others have said the hunger comes in waves and Im so used to it now it doesn’t bother me.
Thankyou for your reply today is my fast day to 😊 how are you getting on? I don’t feel as bad today as I did Monday lol hoping you get used to the fast days lol will be lovely to keep intouch and see how each other is getting on.
I got to 9 stone before but put on weight during pregnancy & holiday 🙈 oops lol hope get to our goals this time I’m not really thinking of it being a diet more of a lifestyle change as I want to keep weight off this time😊
Well done already losing 3kgs wb xxx
Day 22, Rocky Mountains, US, BSD 800 cals
Had a whoosh as well and I am .4 pounds from my June goal. Hope to be able to get rid of less than half a pound by Tuesday morning. Then off to a 5 day vacation. 😊😊😊
@songbirdme: I am volunteering at the Utah Arts Festival starting today through Sunday. Would be fun to meet.
Onwards and downwards, dear cyber friends! 🌺🌻🌼
Day 22 Chicago, Illinois USA – NFD
I am fasting today. My yoga class was very good, but I could not calm down, thoughts kept coming, oh! Restless mind.
Lotta – London has many temptations: good pastry shops, restaurants… is it hard to pass by these things? I do not like any sweets in Richmond, so my rule is – eat pastries when in Paris or NYC, true. I am not sure how much I would eat sweets if I live there?!
What a wonderful, diverse, and dedicated group there is on this thread!
I’m 68 and have been Fasting for 4 years with my Own Dear Husband. This has been very successful for both of us. Now at target weight, although holidays and the Super Bowl cause a bounce upwards. Sometimes takes 2 Fast Days to work those off, sometimes more!
I’m curious to know how each of you determines your weight goals. I initially had a goal of 110, but when I got below it, I found that I liked that better. If I look at actuarial tables, my weight should be 125, which is chubby for my frame. Must say I’m happy with my current weight, and since it is not a struggle to maintain it, it must be a good one for me. [my doctor approves of my weight and BMI too] So what makes each of you decide ‘125 is my goal’ or ‘155 is the target for me’ ??
Day 22 USA-WA NFD
Still on my epic plateau, but I got my latest results from my blood work and my sodium level is back in the low range of normal, which is good. My doc told me to keep doing what I’m doing, which is kind of a drag because what she has me doing is drinking a lot of Propel (electrolyte replacement fluid) and some supplemental sodium tablets, but at least it is working and I feel better!
@debster251 and @metatuate thanks for the info about low carb and how you work with that and 5:2. I feel so much better when I keep the carbs on the low side, but I need to go back to full fat yogurt and definitely more blasts of high protein.
One thing I find to be true about this WOL is that it seems that, when I listen, my body is developing a much stronger “voice” that says “I need to eat this now to be healthy,” which is a different voice than the hunger/sugar dragon voice! I am trying to listen to what sounds like the healthy nutrition voice. Onward and downward (or at least plateauing with style🙂).
Happy Thursday Fast Day to you all.
Lovely day here in New Hampshire. This morning we breakfasted on the veranda and the temperature was 55 degrees F. Birds were singing and the mock orange is in full bloom. cool but lovely. And we had a ‘pork ‘n’ bean’ omelet, which we enjoyed. Believe it or not, I made those ingredients fit into <300 calories!
We like a chicken noodle soup on a Fast Day and sometimes my husband has it for lunch on a Slow Day. Good stuff.
Today should be warm but low humidity, so lots of gardening and stacking firewood. Projects like that keep me out of the kitchen, out of the nut dish, out of harm’s way.
Our son the PhD in Biology says that sugar is SO bad for us. He has been reducing the sugar in his diet [he’s very fit and nicely slim] and urges all of us to do so. So you have the right idea, Bersabe. I find that when the pounds won’t budge, that I have to control the calories, even on a Slow Day — avoid the sweets and eat less overall.
Hope you are all better, cinque, and that each of you has a successful Fast Day.
Day 22 – USA – NFD
Successful FD yesterday, feel back in the groove to make up for my sloppy April and May fasting. Had some spiralized zucchini with fresh squeezed lemon, salt and pepper for dinner. Made quite a big plate and was very fresh and a satisfying summer FD meal! Congrats, all who got your “whooshes” and those who are near to maintenance. I won’t be there for quite some time, but I am content to keep posting and hearing all your stories, my cyber friends!
I don’t usually have that much time to spend in a day simply to walk. But in April I was in training for walking Hadrian’s Wall and I did walk on both Fast and Slow days.
While walking the HWPath, I usually didn’t have lunch as there were no places to get food, so we’d walk for 8 hours on what we brought in our packs. Usually I consumed lots of water [tap water, no ‘energy supplements] and some dried fig. On Mondays and Thursdays of the journey, I would have a Fast-type breakfast in our lodging and then east sensibly at dinner. Farthest I walked in one day was 19 miles from Carlisle to Bowness.
There is nothing incompatible about Fasting and exercising.
On flat roads, I’m close to 4 miles/hour. How fast do you walk?
Is the walking for fun? for exercise? for meditation? or to stay away from the snacks in the kitchen?
Well done guys on making it to the finish line!!!
Excellent news on all the weight loss and keeping up your motivation. FF – 8.9 kg is nearly 20lbs right – wow! Floridag1rl –that’s an amazing result!! It’s been really helpful reading all the successes and the struggles with keeping up the challenge. We are all human with and obviously life gets in the way sometimes so it’s good to know that it’s not the end of the world and we haven’t thrown in the towel at the first hurdle. And we are not on our own!
I am with you Lynn. I know I have got a bit to go too so definitely up for your new challenge!! (Do they call it the Equinox in the Autumn? Perhaps we could have a diminishing days challenge?).
Was just reflecting on my past history and struggle with weight issues and have realised it’s pretty simple really – I have put on a stone each decade! I was 8 stone in my 20’s, 9 in my 30’s, 10 in my 40’s and tipped the 11 stone mark in my 50’s! I had managed to lose a bit before joining you all so started this challenge at 10st 11lbs at the beginning of April. I am on my last fast before weigh in so you’ll have to wait till tomorrow to see whether I have managed to turn the clock back a decade. Fingers crossed but I would be really happy with a 7lb loss like sweettooth!
Tomorrow …. Dx