Nahh, but my tummy. Am on this 5:2 regime (it is not a diet) and although I do have had my two fasting days per week, I think somewhere along them line I have been cheating a bit, not counting my calories properly and probably eating a wee bit to much on the non fasting days. I have lost some weight, but the last week not. Blah on me. The thing is – I get severe hunger pangs on my fasting days and it is hart near impossible not to put a tomato, piece of raw broccoli or horror – a small biscuit in my mouth. But yesterday I found a terrific online forum and reading posts I got a suggestion of not eating t for the entire day and save my 500 ckal for dinner. This was a bit of an epiphany for me, for the first time it dawned on me that I don’t have to eat anything just cause my tummy yells HUNGER! And I didn’t die from starvation. And I could manage only to eat a small portion of the dinner I cooked for The DH and John. And – when evening came I was cold. Cold?? Whenever did that last happen? Hmmm, probably last fasting day, but then after a while I was hot again. No sillies, not smoking hot but hot as in over warm. I just hate these women of a “certain age” things…to freeze is a grace (not sure that tis the correct word though) and I just enjoy it when it happens. Imagine going to bed and not having to toss the covers of after a few minutes.
So I do my sit-ups and pull ups each night and all these efforts are starting to show of = happy dance. Now I feel tagged and hopefully will loose a bit more before I hop on that plane to Houston. On the wings of steel……
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I came to a point where I simply had to loose weight. At first I stopped (almost) to eat snacks and cookies and dropped some kg/lb, but after a while the scale kind of stuck ;-p. Going on modern diets like GI-method or LFCH has never been an option – not eating carbs? Cooking two different set of meals just cause the skinny son don’t need to loose weight? Naaa, not for me. Then I read about the 5:2 diet (intermittent fasting) and that quite a few MD and scientists say it’s good for you health, both physically and mentally – you get bonus years of life (which hopefully get me to live long enough to have grandchildren LOL) and you loose weight as well. So “starving” two days a week and eating normal (2000kcal for women) sounded like something I could do.
And I have done it for 3 weeks now. I admit, the “starving” days (Monday and Thursday) for me are kind of hard because the hunger pangs hurts. I have chosen to only have a cup of tea in the morning, drinking a lot of water during the day, maybe some fruit or an egg for lunch (check them calories) and the rest (of the 500 kcal I’m allowed to have) for dinner. It works for us, cause I cook whatever I want for the family and eat only a small portion of it myself. I even got a calorie counter app for my cell 😮 so I can keep track of the calorie intake. The award for the hunger is the knowledge that the next two or three days I can eat what I want (in moderation) again.
The interesting thing is that on these days I don’t have much cravings for anything and mostly eat less than I use to . Some days I’m not hungry at all, but you shouldn’t “starve” two days in a row so I got to eat. And to “starve” seven days a week is no good at all. Tonight ready seasoned (but Wooolfie, how can you?) chicken parts goes on the grill with some sort of potato dish or the other.
Now, does this method work? Well so far it have for me, my clothes are looser and number on the scale slowly drops 🙂
And now of to something completely different – I think I have a solution for the space between the octagons. Need to do some trial sewing though. But first some interior cleaning of the small car. Btw, have you seen this: Hillarious!