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April 2011, 14 months into weight loss

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Me in early May 2010, after 17 pounds lost.

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It's better to try than not try. So I'm taking my health initiative more seriously without having goals so big they can never be reached. I'm fifty, an empty-nester, and an avid reader. I used to have so many sparkpeople friends, and most, if not all, aren't here any more.

My husband and I started using 5:2 intermittent fasting in April. So far, I have lost ten pounds, and he has lost thirty. I have not been as diligent about sticking to 500 calories on the fasting days (we're doing MWF, three days instead of two), but have ended up eating 750-1000 three days a week, which is more manageable.

We do not "eat whatever we want" on non-fasting days; rather, we stick to smaller portions and only occasionally have alcohol or small desserts. I try to stay under my SP calorie plan those non-fasting four days a week when possible, and I'm walking several mornings a week. Together, we're modifying our past eating habits and feel much better as a result. You know one of the best outcomes? We know we're eating salad for dinner three nights a week and I don't have to come up with a meal. That's liberating.

Member Since: 1/3/2010

Fitness Minutes: 19,861

My Goals:
My long-long term goal is to reach the 170s.

My Program:
We're trying a variation on intermittent fasting. Three days a week, we're eating much lower calorie counts (under 900) and I don't eat any meat those days, either. The other days, we're still mindful (I try to stay under 1600), but we eat normal meals and might go out and might have a cocktail a couple of times a week. It's not true fasting, but it's a way to reduce intake without being miserable all week long.

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We started the fourth season of Orange is the New Black. It's a great show.

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