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6/25/14 11:15 A

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Tammae, I don't do low carb, with my crazy digestion, high carb is more successful.
It's great that you have nearly eliminated the migraines. Mother had them and they were so miserable!
The healing aspects of intermittant fasting are amazing! I began last July, and during the winter, I had no aching joints at all.
Another weird (but good) thing I have noticed this summer, mosquitos are avoiding me! It's not becase I'm too small for them to find, they just buzz past without taking a bite. I haven't read of anyone else having this result, but I'll cheerfully accept it!
Best wishes!

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6/18/14 1:25 P

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I just watched the Eat, Fast, and Live Longer video today. I like how they show the body repairing itself through fasting so I joined this group to learn more. I have 60 lbs to lose and am gaining/loosing the same 10 lbs. over and over.

My husband and I have been low carb people for years and it has nearly eliminated my daily migraines and He is completely off blood pressure medicine. I plan on attacking the fat loss with Intermittent Fasting and Low Carb. I am looking forward to only having to count calories two days a week! I know I could live this way...just am not sure it will work with my slow poke metabolism.

Anyone else low carb or Paleo with Fasting?


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6/18/14 10:15 A

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Ferrnie, it's great to have you here!
Like you, I love nature and the outdoors, and exercising there is the best feeling of all!
Best wishes on your journey to fitness!

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Hi, I'm Ferrnie. I'm 57 years young. I have a wonderful husband, same age as me, but I look younger emoticon

I have a shih tzu, he's my baby. His name is Willly. I groom him myself.

I live out in the country on a quiet road in Pennsylvania. My property borders the PA State game lands, so there are often deer, turkeys and other wildlife in our yard.

I have been trying to loose weight for many years, but I also love to eat and cook. I found SparkPeople while doing a web search and thought I'd join.

I have lost some weight, but feel the need to be more involved with other people like myself. Spark is a great place. Always someone to help an old gal out emoticon

I use to garden and I loved it. I planted all sorts of flowers for butterflies and humming birds.
Now I spend my extra time Sparking, walking, sewing, cleaning etc. (just getting through day to day)

My husband is disabled, but helps out as much as he can. He's a good man.

I'm happy to say, I could only walk about 1/2 mile when I joined Spark in May. I'm up to 2 miles. Quite an achievement for me.

I am working on adding some weights, swiss ball and a yoga dvd called yoga booty. I try to keep up with those girls, and I'm getting better.

There were times when I first started walking, I didn't think I would last. I had so much pain in my hips and knees, some nights it was impossible to sleep. I told myself, it's either give up or work through it. I had read, that exercise is important for us older folks and it will get better. It did get better. Thank goodness!

I still get sore, but not the type of pain I had in the beginning. It's bearable now. And I finallly am feeling like I have more energy too.

I love to laugh and enjoy life. Hope that fills you in on what I'm like a little bit. emoticon

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5/30/14 11:45 A

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Welcome to the team! emoticon
I agree that the sense of freedom on this eating plan is wonderful.
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Just for today...I can do ANYTHING !

Esther!
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Hello All,

Even though I joined SparkPeople a while ago, I never really utilized it, so please excuse that I hadn't set up and Avatar etc yet. It'll get done soon!

I just finished my first week of the FastDiet and I really think, IF I can really lose weight on this diet, it'll be something I can do for a lifetime.

What I love about the concept is that it can eliminate the obsessive way of dieting that counting cals and carbs can do.

Just the psychological trick of being able to say to myself "I just have to make it through this ONE day", can make all the difference in the world.

And even on the first week, I can say that I did not feel the need to "binge" on my feast days. Of course, we'll see if this holds up, but, so far so good anyway.

Anyway, looking forward to reading all of your stories and getting to know you.

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5/8/14 10:57 A

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Restaurant meals are REALLY difficult...although many have calories on their websites.
My mantra is, when in doubt, eat only half.

Esther!
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5/7/14 11:58 A

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Thank you for the welcome emoticon . Its great to hear things should get more balanced soon. I thought about using the food tracker but have decided to try and only count my calories on the fast days for now, if I still struggle to lose any weight this next week or so I will start tracking. I think the thing that puts me off is its difficult to know how exactly how many calories are in food from restaurant or cafes.

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5/7/14 10:54 A

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Hi, and welcome to the team!
It seems perfectly normal to me that you would overeat for the first few non-fast days. Especially if you have been struggling along at 1200-1500 calories for months (or years.)
You feel suddenly free!
All the reserach shows that you should become more balanced quickly. It's important to drink adequate water EVERY DAY, and keep up your activity level.
Some of us find the Spark "calorie differential" report helpful, but it requires tracking all food and exercise. It tells you, mathematically, when you will lose a pound (or not.) I like that accuracy!
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5/6/14 3:30 P

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Hi Everyone, emoticon

I've wanted to try this way of eating for a long time now, ever since I saw the documentary over a year ago but I never seemed to get round to doing it. I think I was afraid that i'd find sticking to 500 calories too difficult.

I finally started a week ago and found that it was so much easier than I had expected. The hunger was not unbearable at all and psychologically, knowing I could eat the next day made it easier. The problem I have found though, is that after a fast I find myself eating so much more than usual. At some point halfway through the day after a fast I get ravenously hungry. I actually gained a pound this week so am determined to stop pigging out on non fast days.

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4/29/14 10:44 A

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Hi Casey! Welcome to the team!
You asked for tips...The 5/2 plan works well with Spark. Using the tracker makes it easy to count your 500 (or 600) calories, and your activities.
In my experience, on non-fast days, I usually eat at the top of my allowance, and sometimes a little above. Never NEAR the 2000 calories the book talks about.
The first 20 lbs. came off rapidly. Then I slowed. I'm a retired lady, so I'm not as active as I could be. My son lost 110 lbs and my daughter-in-law lost 80 in about 8 months. They also ran several miles each day!
It's ideal to weigh yourself the morning following a fast (wellness) day.
You'll find they go faster if you plan plenty of tasks for that day!
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4/28/14 10:45 P

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Hi my name is Casey and I need to lose about 20 kgs. I am not new to SP but new to this way of dieting, Can I incorporate it with my SP diet on days that I am not fasting??

I have chosen Monday and Thursday as my fasting days with Tuesday as my weigh in day.

Any tips would be fantastic.

Thanks.

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4/28/14 9:36 A

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Hi, and welcome to the team!
I learned about 5/2 from my son and daughter-in-law. They did it together and had great results. So I began last July and feel better than I have in years.
Best wishes on your journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/28/14 3:24 A

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Hi all,
this is my first day on the Fast Diet.I've chosen Mon and Thu as my fast days, so today is a kind of test.

I work out regularly, 3-4 times a week but I don't see results because my eating habits are out of control. My DH did 5:2 for a while and he really liked it. Now I give it a go, with the aim that I can control how much I eat.

Good luck to all of you too!

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Welcome, Jane!
Planning ahead is the best thing you can do.
Plan your food and plan lots of projects to keep yourself busy.
Drink lots of water as you fast.
Best wishes!

Esther!
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4/2/14 5:37 A

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Just watched the Horizon documentary on PBS. I like the idea and I think it is something that I can do long term . New to this team but not to SP.

Today is my first fast day - have planned my food and I know I can do this. Would welcome any tips and ideas.

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3/10/14 3:32 P

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Hello, I am new to this and hoping it is something I will be able to do for the rest of my life. I have never worried a lot about my weight as far as health because I have always been able to do what I want even with an extra 40 lbs. I am finding lately that this is not true. I have been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and am supposed to lose weight or go on cpap. Well I decided to use this as a wake up call and lose weight. Any tips to doing the fast diet will be appreciated.


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3/10/14 11:47 A

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Welcome to the team, Natalie! emoticon
I'm glad you and your husband are fasting together.
Wishing you success.

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3/6/14 5:42 A

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Hi there, my name is Natalie I'm for Israel. My first contact with fasting was along time ago with a book called The Fast (if i remembered correctly), caught my interest and I gave it a try, but as Michael Mosley explained fast for long periods is quite a big task and also is not something that can be done if you are the kind of person that like to go out with friends and visit the family. So even when I was happy with the outcomes (weight loss and feeling great!) I did not continue.

Watching Michael Mosley documentary brought me back to that previous experience with fasting and confirm the benefits of giving your body a break from eating.

I do feel better fasting and now I also keep track of the calories I consume during not fasting days with Sparkpeople. My husband is also fasting and he found it very easy to follow.

So thank you for create the team because is great to have people to talk about this topic.

See you around!!!

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Hi everyone, I'm still in reading mode, but this sounds very appealing to me. I'm a senior with about thirty pounds to lose. My stamina for cardio is not there anymore, so I thought this might give my system the kick in the pants it needs. I plan to start next week with Monday. Shirley

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2/11/14 11:17 A

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Hi Sharon!
Like you, I couldn't face food choices at all. I got some Slim Fast drinks from the pharmacy. I drank one three times a day. No planning (or obsessing) involved.
I got tired of them rather quickly, but by then, my body and mind were tuned into fasting.
Now my go-to menu on fasting days are a slice of cheese and an apple at 1 p.m, a cup of homemade vegetable soup at 5 p.m. and maybe another fruit at bedtime.
Best wishes!

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Hello - well, I have the books, I've seen the video - I may have even joined this team before and then dropped out....I have made a few half-hearted attempts to have a fast day...do you think I can do this? I need to have a plan for the fast days that will involve no thinking about what to eat - any suggestions would be helpful. emoticon

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2/7/14 12:30 P

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Hi All! Like many others here, not new to SP, but new to 5:2/4:3 WOE. This is my first week, and today is my second fast day. So far so good, sipping water and assorted hot teas, waiting for dinner at home with the family.

I have about 85 lbs I need to say goodbye to, and I have to make it work this year! I have some health issues that while they won't be cured, they can be helped by dropping this weight. I joined the "official 5:2" forum, but it's based in the UK and that makes it hard to "talk" with ppl; plus, I am already here on SP, so I thought might as well see if there are those here doing the WOE.

Looking forward to getting know you all here and sharing my journey with you all!



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2/4/14 10:59 A

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Welcome to the team, new members!
We're glad you came here to join us on our journey to health!

Esther!
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Good afternoon. I am not new to SP, though I haven't been on here for quite awhile. I kept hearing about the "Fast Diet" on NPR and decided to give it a try. I started on Tuesday, January 21. This was my first "fast" day and it went well. Much easier than I expected. Today is my second "Fast" day and so far it has been even easier. I can say that I was more conscious of what I ate yesterday, too. I am excited to find others on SP using this plan. i hope to stay motivated!

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Hi!

Thought I'd drop in with a quick hello. I'm not new to SP but I've been reading about and watching info on these types of plans for a while now and have decided to give it a try. Since having kids weight loss is much tougher to come by for me. I've lost ~20 of the 45 I need to lose with just portion control, calorie counting and exercise. I need something to push me to the next level now.

I've decided to "fast" Mon, Wed and Fri for now and tweak as needed from there. I'm very interested in the health benefits obtained from fasting and have read many of Krista Varadays studies about it, which is what prompted me to give it a go.

Good luck to all of you on this journey. I look forward to getting to know you around here!

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1/14/14 3:15 P

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Hi!
I'm not new to sparkpeople But I am new to this forum and diet plan! I'm in my first week of this new diet and today and Thursday is what I have chosen for my "wellness" days! (Much better term than fasting thank you!). I'm looking to lose 25lbs so I hope this helps! GL everyone with their journeys and I wish you all the best! :)

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Welcome, Gail! emoticon

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Hi, I'm Gail, from southern Ontario, Canada. I've heard about this program, and decided to give it a try.

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1/7/14 11:36 A

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Welcome Renee and Kathy! emoticon
When I go a while without losing, Dulcinea, I call it MAINTENANCE. It's something I have to learn to do anyway! emoticon

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Hi everyone...my name is Renee. I've been on Spark for almost 4 years, and have lost over a hundred pounds, but I regained some weight over the past 6 months, and haven't been able to shed them. I saw the Fast Diet on Good Morning a couple of months ago and it really intrigued me. I think it's just what I need to get me to my goal weight. I've done 2 fasts since the new year, and I'm loving it.
Hope you all have a great day!



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Welcome, Kathy. Hope this WOE works well for you. My weight loss is at a standstill right now, but even with all the holiday indulgences I haven't gained any, so I'm happy. And this is the easiest program to follow since you only count calories on those two "wellness" days.

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Hi Team! My name is Kathy, and I'm new to this group - but not new to SP. I still need to lose about 15-20 pounds, but have been on a stand-still since the summer even with tracking all nutrition and activity. So, I'm hoping the fasting two days a week will give me a new start. Have finished two days of fasting this week, and it went better than I thought! Wishing you all the best!

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SMARGE130 Welcome. My husband and I have been doing 5:2 for 3 months now with tortoise loss, but loss nevertheless. And I find that my energy level and strength are just as high when I start my "wellness" (my husband doesn't like the word fast) days with strenuous exercise. So that should not be a problem for you -- just be sure to drink plenty of water.

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Welcome, Kendra! emoticon
The best thing about the fast diet is that you can indulge today and fast tomorrow, and still make progress with your weight loss. It leaves time to have a life.
Enjoy your roller derby...it looks like fun!

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Hi from another newbie (new to 5:2, not SP).

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Hi everyone,
I thought i'd formally introduce myself here.
My given name is Kendra. I am 32 years old (as of 2013) I play roller derby and MOST of my friends (and my husband) call me Batty - my roller derby name is BATass. I have been overweight what feels like my whole life. I have tried everything with varying degrees of success. My most successful diet was Atkins, but I just couldn't do it after a while. I'd say my lowest weight as an adult was around 170. My goal is to be closer to 150. I have been pretty active since I started roller derby but i've never been super fit.
I have really been liking the 5:2 lifestyle becuase I have lots of self-control to a point, then I just want what I want. I like the idea of being VERY craeful 2 days and a little more relaxed the rest of the time. I feel like this is something I can stick with long term. (i've been doing it for 1.5 months so far)
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Well that's encouraging! Just ate my first mini-meal. Sugar free jello, string cheese, 3 radishes and a roma tomato. Comes to just under 150 cal.

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Hi, Linda! emoticon
Good luck on your first fast!
It seems to me that thinking about a fast beforehand is much harder than actually doing one!

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Hello everyone! My name is Linda. Tomorrow will be my first fast day. I'm a little nervous about how it will go, but I'm also curious and willing to give it a try. Wish me luck

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Welcome, Margaret! emoticon
As you read the threads on this team, you'll find that each person has their own style of intermittant fasting. The beauty of this plan is its flexibility! Still, we're all making slow progress in the right direction.

627 calories is good for a fast day. Many of mine are in that range. Some are nearer 400. It all depends on how I feel as the day goes on. The thing I like best about this way of eating, is that I am finally learning to eat when hungry, and not when the clock tells me to eat! And learning to stop when I'm full!!!!
emoticon Best wishes on your journey!

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My name is Margaret, 48 years old, live in Franklin, TN. I just got back from visiting family members in the UK and it was there I heard about the 5:2 plan. Checked it out online and ordered the book-have not gotten it yet.

I've been on Sparkpeople for a while but haven't lost any weight, I've actually gained weight since I originally started. I'm using spark as a vehicle to track food and exercise. I'm not a big believer in eliminating groups of foods, and not a big believer in depriving myself in any big ways. I mainly try to eat pretty decently, make good choices, and try to keep portions to a healthy size. Obviously, that is not working for me. I'm happy when I can keep my calories to 1800-2200/day. Some days I'm over that, some days not. I find that keeping track of calories makes me more 'obsessive' about food and that's why I took a break for the last few weeks from Sparkpeople. Over the last 8 months I have started exercising more regularly, and have begun a couch to 10K program.

I did day-1 yesterday (627 calories), not too bad for the first day. We will see what happens on the next fast day. It really wasn't that bad, but not really having a 'plan' about food really made the day stressful. Scrambled egg with a slice of Canadian bacon for breakfast, cup-o-soup & tuna fish with light mayo for lunch, progresso soup for dinner. Hopefully the book will have some good suggestions.

I am worried about what days to fast. Right now I work as an RN and do 3-12 hour days--I do not want to try it at work given that I have a strenuous/stressful job. But on the days that I'm off, I've been going to a Barre Amped class (2x's/week), and trying to jog 3x's/week for the C210K program. I'm worried that if I fast on those days I'll get myself in trouble as far as my energy levels go. (I'm hoping the book will shed some light on that also). Yesterday I walked, but didn't want to try jogging.

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Hi, Summer! Welcome to the team!
This way of eating is exciting...especially when you start seeing results after a long plateau.
Best wishes on your journey to fitness!

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hi!!! i just started 5:2 yesterday, although i have been on spark since april 1. i've lost 30 lbs since april, but have been totally plateaued since july! i'm hoping 5:2 will re-boost things...my fast day was much easier than expected, and i'm excited about this plan!!!!

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Welcome MrsJ! Hoping your fast goes well today. You can do it, just remember you can eat tomorrow so don't give in today :-)

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Welcome!

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Hi, I am new to the group and will be starting the 5:2 tomorrow. Wish me luck. emoticon

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Welcome to all of those who have joined recently! This is a great, supportive team. Feel free to share your progress! And LADYFROMTHEWOOD gave some super advice "tell yourself you can eat that tomorrow if a craving comes over you".

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Welcome to Sparkpeople and the IF Team. My husband and I also do Mon. Wed. fasts unless there is some reason to shift (that's part of what I like about this WOE) and have been at it for a little over two months. Moderate weight loss and other health benefits as well. He is no longer using acid reflux tablets and my blood pressure seems to be improved. Good luck to you as well.

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I've been experimenting with IF and started the Fast Diet this week doing 500 calorie days on Mon & Weds. Both went well, although I did start to feel pretty hungry on Weds night & had a lot of trouble falling asleep Weds night. Has this happened to anyone else? I'm not a great sleeper, which has gotten worse as I age, but usually fall right asleep but wake during the night & very early in the morning (between 5-6 am). I'm excited about Fast and hoping it will help me reverse the slow weight gain I've been having as I age (I'm 53). After this first week, I'm down 1/2 lb. I'd hoped for more, but will be happy if I slowly lose rather than gain as I have been. I'm happy to have a place to hear about other Fasters & share our stories!

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Hi everyone,
I started the FastDiet in early July but just joined SparkPeople this week. My weight has really fluctuated, but I have lost at least 6 pounds. I have an ankle injury so am easing back into walking and plan to add some resistance training in the near future. My goal is to lose 20+ pounds by around Christmas.

I changed jobs and am using this adjustment time to stick with good habits. Eating out less with friends and going on 1/2-hour walks are definitely helping. I love food and cooking and have linked my blog. I look forward to getting to know others and plan my food choices a little better on M&Th. smellingandtastinglife.blogspot.com

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Hi, COCHAMAMA! It seems that almost all of us fast on Mondays so just think of us all in a group effort and supporting one another. Tell yourself, "I can have that tomorrow" whenever a craving comes over you. You can do it!

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I am starting this today and plan on fasting Monday and Thursday. I am going to try to make it to dinner before eating....hoping for the best!

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WELCOME, GRAMCRACKER!
I love your sparkname. That's clever.
Keep us updated how you and hubby are doing.
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Welcome to the team! emoticon
It's great you have a partner for the journey. emoticon

Esther!
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Hubby and I have just finished the book and we bought the accompanying cookbook also. We will begin Sunday. Already the first week we must change the second day from Wednesday to Thursday. I like that flexibility.

Wish us luck!

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Welcome, Nina! I've been on the 5:2 diet for two weeks also. Nice to "meet" you!

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Thank you for the warm welcome!

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Welcome Nina!! Yes, you are right, it does get easier. I am starting my second month and I find it very easy to do most days, but then there are some days that I just say forget it, I will fast tomorrow and it still works out.

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Welcome, Nina! emoticon
Happy fasting...and happy results! emoticon

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Hi!
I'm Nina from the Pacific Northwest. Started the 5/2 fasting about 2 weeks ago and must say it's getting easier. Glad to find this team!

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Evelyn, sounds like you have a good plan. I prefer the Mon, Wed, Fri method but sometimes it doesn't work out that way for one reason or another. I try not to fast on the weekends but sometimes I have to in order to get my 3 fasting days in. I usually end up doing more of a 36 to 40 hour fast depending on when I end my eating the day before. Fasting has gotten so much easier now that I have been consistent with it, but don't get me wrong, sometimes I give in and say forget it, I am not going to fast today but I just do it the next day.

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Hi Stephanie, I also fast Monday/wednesday/Friday at the moment, though I prefer alternate day fasting, but this weekend and next week it's not going to be possible. I do a water fast for 24hours, 5pm-5pm, then have 500 calories and fast till the following morning.

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Kathy - I totally agree, I actually look forward to fast days as I don't have to worry about what I am going to eat, I can focus on other things!

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Hi all!

Read The FastDiet on Friday, and my first fast day is tomorrow- my fruits and veggies are prepped for a big green smoothie in the a.m., and a big chicken salad is ready for when I come home from work.

I'm hopeful that this will allow more flexibility in my diet the other days of the week!

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Welcome! Glad you are here. It is Fast day for me tomorrow...funny how you actually start to look forward to it!

Your desire for change must be stronger than your desire to remain the same.

Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself.

We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation. Jim Rohn

If you really want to do something you'll find a way. If you don't you'll find an excuse.


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Hi everyone! I joined Sparkpeople last month and joined the Alternate Day Diet team and found this team tonight so I thought I would join here as well. Since August 1st, I have lost 13 lbs. I usually fast 2 days a week but I strive for 3 days a week. I water fast on my fast days and I don't eat anything. I am looking forward to getting to know you all!

I am a stay-at-home mom who homeschools 2 of 3 children (the youngest is only 2), so I am pretty busy BUT, I have gained more weight than I realized (because I was afraid to get on the scale) so here I am!


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Hi, and emoticon
Glad to see you here and look forward to us ALL reaching our goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself.

We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation. Jim Rohn

If you really want to do something you'll find a way. If you don't you'll find an excuse.


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Hello! My name is Teresa. I live in rural, wooded Kentucky, USA. I am 44, married to my best friend, and have 2 children. DS is 23 and living 2 hours away. DD is 17, homeschooled. We are also hosting a Japanese exchange student for the school year.
2 dogs, 3 cats, and rehabbing an abandoned baby bird.
That's the nutshell.
I like to label myself the "introverted socialite." Yeah, I know.
Nature-lover, creative, fun and bubbly, faithful, yet painfully human would also be labels I might give myself. I'm in the middle of coming out of my hormone-driven obsession with putting everyone except myself first. I have found joy in a Zumba class twice a week, have learned to hoop and will soon join an organized class for that also, plus walks down our hill then back up again if I want to get home.
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I lost 10 pounds quickly before finding SP, then another 23 with SP. Gone from the obese category to overweight, but am striving to hit the mid-normal BMI that my 5'1" frame feels best at. My weight has been stalled for months and even started to creep back. I stumbled upon the fasting video by accident when a friend posted M.M.'s video link about exercise. I followed the yellow brick road or fell down the rabbit home, so to speak. So here I am after having done as much research as one can via the internet, including reading the message boards here. Figured I'd give this a try since I have a strong family history for cancer on both sides, Alzheimer's and R.A. on one, and heart disease on the other.
So far, I had a fast day 4 days ago, on a Wednesday. I hope to make Mon/Thurs my days. I did better than I expected and have been making note of the way I feel on these non-fast days. I'm actually looking forward to tomorrow's fast.
I have my page set to private due to someone that was mild-stalkerish, but if you would like to be friends, send me a sparkmail. I blog quite a lot.
Thank you for your honesty here on the boards. I've learned so much! You seem like a great group of folks!
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Welcome to the team, Erica!

Esther!
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Hi, Erica and emoticon So glad you are no longer a "lurker" and joined in the conversation. I hear ya regarding the BMI and all those charts...sigh. It can be so discouraging. I am starting week 4 of fasting and am down about six pounds. Slower than what I would like, but it is moving. I found my first day not as bad as I thought, but it definitely is important to get your water/fluids in as I had a headache. Made a difference to keep swigging throughout the day. Have a great day and glad to have you on board. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hi everyone! My name is Erica I have been lurking for the last 2 weeks but thought I better stop and introduce myself :) I learned about the fast diet last month from a sparkfriend who was trying it and after doing a 30 day clean eating challenge this sounded like a nice middle ground to settle into. At my highest weight I was slightly over 200lbs and at 5' that's a lot of weight to carry around, 2 children and 50 different diets/workout programs later here I am 162 and still going. According to bmi (which is not very accurate I know) healthy weight for my height is somewhere between 95-128 but I would be happy and think I would feel healthy anywhere between 130-140 so that is where I am aiming for now and I guess I can reassess how I feel once I get there. Glad I found this team as it seems very supportive, hopefully I will see all of your around!

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emoticon Deby. Funnily enough I started at 220lbs in 2008, and I'm now 156! Perhaps we're twins! Good luck starting this fantastic plan.

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emoticon Hi

I am Deby...

I have been on this Weight / Health journey going on 5 years now....
in 2009, I weighed in at 220 lbs..... I was so disgusted with myself
and decided time to change... and NOW...

So here I am 2013 down to 158 lbs...
I am on the last round with just 20+ lbs to go..

I was watching Rachel Ray... and heard about the Fast Diet...
and it felt right for me... so I thought I would give it a try...

I am looking forward to Meeting and sharing with the team

Wishing everyone all the best on this journey to a healthier you ~ Deby

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Evelyn, you are SO right!
We are probably the first generation in the history of humankind who has access to as much food as we want EVERY DAY, and our friends think we might STARVE if we voluntarily skip a few meals!
It's almost a joke!
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Welcome, Teriana! You have already accomplished a lot to be proud of. I am on a Fasting day today, my third week of trying this. The scale does drop after a fasting day, as to be expected, but does creep up when not fasting, also makes sense. What I am finding interesting is that I am not "puffy" looking, and my clothes are fitting better. I too find I savor foods after fasting and do not need as much to be satisfied. I am still tracking my foods/calories and hope that the scale will reward me eventually. But, I am also trying to focus on how I FEEL and how I LOOK instead of what number pops up. I just got some blood tests back and my triglycerides have dropped 75 points since springtime and are my best ever. I am now in the "normal" range for blood pressure, blood sugar ( off Metformin for 18 months now), cholesterol...so, I know things are working. Glad to have you with us! emoticon emoticon

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Welcome Teriana, I have been told that it's a fad diet, and told to be 'careful sweetie'. I can only repeat that I feel amazing. I have been stopped in the street and told how well I look too. Like you, I think that this is a life long lifestyle choice, but many are so obsessed with the weight loss side of it, and the fact that it doesn't happen quickly enough for them, that they are ignoring the other benefits. I have never seen calorie counting as something I want to do for the rest of my life, so perhaps that is the 'fad diet'!

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Aloha, my name is Teriana, I live in Hawaii and I am a few weeks away from my 57th birthday. I joined Spark People in 2009 and managed to get within three pounds of my goal weight of 135 before my weight went up and leveled off at 142. I was an overweight kid, teen and adult. I started SP at 173 pounds--much too much for my 5’ 5" frame. I would still like to lose that last 7 pounds, and it would be an added bonus if it happened by my birthday.

I too accidentally saw the Michael Mosley special on PBS after listening to a podcast interview with Stanley Bass, a 94-year old working nutritionist who did water fasts throughout his life. He is amazingly sharp mentally and physically fit at 94. Very impressive. I researched the 5-2 fasting diet, both pros and cons and decided to give it a try. I am now going into my fourth week and I feel great. Joint aches are gone, my skin looks better than ever-even lost some wrinkles, and more importantly, I have lost belly fat. Added bonus is that my sugar cravings have decreased and food tastes amazing after a fasting day! After the first week, the fasting days have become much easier.

I was happy to see this group as many SP members think the 5-2 plan is a Fad Diet. I do not see this as a diet at all--more of a healthy lifelong habit. I find it much easier to count highly restricted calories for two days a week than counting everything that goes into my mouth for 7 days a week. After one year of tracking all of my calories, I grew tired of it...it is very time consuming. I love ethnic cooking--especially Asian foods--and so many Asian foods are not in the food tracker database, so I had to add each individual ingredient---very tedious!!

Over a long period of time I have slowly eliminated caffeine, red meat, alcohol, white flour, dairy (except plain Greek yogurt), and artificially sweetened foods from my diet. Now I eat almost all whole foods and drink water and green tea for beverages. I am however, a chocoholic, and I love sweets, so I am trying to cut down or eliminate sugar now. I walk and jog 5-6 days a week and plan to take up light weightlifting soon. Weight loss did not come easily for me, but it did come. I am happy to be here. Thanks for starting this group!!

Edited by: TERIANA at: 9/3/2013 (13:55)

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