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Great stories here. Very encouraging.
I hope to reach the 70 pounds lost this week. Still have a ways to go.




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Nikki, I saw your pic and commented. Fantastic!



Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
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*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
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Nikki - CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you - that is just AWESOME and AMAZING and all good things!!!

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You have been plugging away for so long and made it happen! You must be so proud!

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Hello everyone,

I started losing weight on September 11, 2017 and on December 17, 2018, I reached the goal weight set by my doctor. I lost 101 pounds in 15 months.

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Hi Michael. Thanks for sharing. That is fantastic success! You look terrific. I am fairly new to 5:2 and I hope to lose 25 pounds. Your story gives me hope that I can do this too. .

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Thanks SPIEGY. I see you are doing well, too. I do continue to check in here now and again, though I don't often post. Needless to say, I've been very happy with the results of 5:2 and I definitely have more energy than I've had in years. Now I'm just hoping to maintain my losses and energy level. Good luck to all the fellow 5: people out there.

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That is AWESOME! Thank you so much for sharing! I think that is really the goal of everyone here - get to a weight we are happy with then maintaining with a 6/1 and keeping ourselves in check.

Even though you are at maintenance, I hope that you continue to check in and say hi!

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Trying this out. Before

Today


That's me in 2014 when I was probably around 240 and today at 158. The difference is mostly due to 5:2. In early 2015 after topping out at a bit over 250 I decided to try 5:2 and it worked. So I'll post this as a success story.

I had gotten up to about 15 lbs over my goal weight over the course of the last year, so I hit it again this late winter and dropped the weight. Then I cut back to 6:1 for maintenance. But I upped my bicycling exercise time a lot this summer and I kept losing weight. I'm back to within a couple of pounds of my weight during high school. And if my fat meter is to be believed I'm at 19% body fat. So I had to take a hiatus from fasting that has been going on for a month or so now, with no weight gain. I suspect that when the cold weather rolls around again and I lose my desire to exercise I will be back to 5:2 or 6:1, whichever is necessary.

Keep at it and it will work for you.

Michael

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So this is a half-way success story. I'm posting pics from April 2017 when I was 225 pounds versus today, February 10, 2018, at 177 pounds. I started February 20, 2017 at 235 pounds, but I didn't take any "starting" pictures then. My goal is 135 pounds. I am 5'3" so I try to remember not to compare myself to other people who post pictures of themselves in the 170's and look amazing. I'm still soft and rolly-polly. Huggable, that's what I am!

And be warned (and kind!) - these are no make-up, no fixed hair pictures! Plus apparently I have middle-aged Bitchy Resting Face, but I assure you I am a cheery person! I tried to rotate the pictures but it's not working! Sorry. The rotated ones are on my sparkpage, though, if you want to go there. Here goes:



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I posted to the wrong thread, so I deleted it. Best to all!

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Six years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=1323


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I have been inspired by ALL the posts. I don't have before and after pics yet. We don't have a cell phone. Maybe over the holidays I will have a friend take pics and scan in a picture when I was 240. My highest was 252 mid Jan. 2016. I do low carb and fasting 16/8 with 2 meals around noon and 8 pm. My weight 10 months later is 179 (73 pounds down).

I will post pics later, and at least 10 pounds lighter. Amazing transformations here. Low carb and fasting is the only nutrition plan that has worked for me with hypothyroidism. It's so true that on SP it's difficult to say the word "fasting." I usually say I eat when hungry and stop when satisfied. Which is how I ate as a child & young adult till around age 40. So fasting is becoming a lifestyle practice again.


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Fantastic, LeaSim! You look great and your story hit home. I am going to a wedding tomorrow. Better make sure my clothes fit loose! Thanks for posting the beautiful pic. It is wonderful to see other people be successful on the 5:2 Fast Diet.
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I know it's not the best before and after photos. I've actually never really done that. I know around the time I've feeling too heavy, I normally avoid photos or am the one taking them. We were at a wedding (photo on the left). I had bought that dress a few months before, because the one I had bought in November didn't fit. I retried the dress on the night before the wedding and I could barely breath! I was upset. After the wedding and first reception, I went home and changed into something else, because after eating, my stomach was aching from being squished in. 2 days later I started the 5:2 diet. Today the scale says I've lost 9 lbs!

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Spark people, in general, are not always receptive to fasting but you will find friends here who are probably better at fasting than they are on their regular eating days! Some people on this team do other types of fasting and I love that there is a lot of variety. Again, welcome and stop back often!

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I'm new to the team. I've been doing 5:2 for a few weeks now. On the 5 days I am trying to exercise and watch what I eat, but don't feel as bad if I have a sweetie, but am trying to limit that to if we are with friends.

Today is a fasting day, so I decided to see what SP has to offer on the topic.

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I'd HAVE to get a taste of that ice cream. Sounds delightful!
Thanks for the toasties information. I was WAY off!
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Dutchy - how about this one?

"The journey of a lifetime begins with a single step"

By acknowledging your weaknesses, you've taken that first step. Huzzah!

I love hot water with ginger in it - I have a slice of lemon in mine too, and a small sprig of lemon balm. I keep slices of lemon and ginger in the freezer, just to make tisanes with! I don't drink tea or coffee, so a tisane is great when I crave a hot drink (which admittedly is not often, especially not in the summer).

I make ice cream from frozen bananas, which keeps it low-cal, low-fat, low-sugar, etc. I don't eat commercial ice cream here because it all has dairy in it. It's a bit of a shame because aside from Italy and Turkey, I've never lived anywhere where ice cream is in such abundance, and with so many yummy flavours too! There's a place at the top of my road, which sells the most gorgeous-looking mojito ice cream - I die a little every time I walk past it! Ha ha! I think there's nothing for it, I'm going to have to make my own sorbet version. And then exercise huge self-control to not eat it one go!

Tammae - a toastie is a toasted sandwich (like a panino). I love toasties!


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Well said, Goktor! Nice explanation about how we are all different in our approaches. That is why I like coming to this little group... more intimate and friendly. Our differences are what makes us unique!

NZDutchy you are on your way. The first step is to think it through and believe me I changed my fasting process many times. I prefer 5:2 and seem to stay steady in weight doing that. I'm sure I will have to be very mindful of what and how much I eat the rest of my life but that's ok. After a life time of carrying so much excess weight on my poor body I will be mindful... I never want that pain again.

I, too, drink lots of coffee. I'm embarrassed to say... a whole 10 cup pot every morning! I've never had water with ginger... may need to try that one. My downfall... cookies and / or chocolate ice cream. Sweet smells make me want sweets too. I don't buy sweets to keep in the house but might get something out. That helps me stay in more control because Ken and I are homebodies and rarely go out to eat.

What are toasties? Is that cold cereal?


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Be your own best friend! ---I like that! But want to get back here to get support as well :)
Also like:
(don't) start today, how will you feel tomorrow...
I seriously have to look at how to make improvements.
i don't drink fizzy, i drink black coffee and lots of (warm) water, often with fresh slices of ginger in it..yum!
I don't eat a lot of rice, don't eat potatoes, but sometimes (once a week eat chips, home cooked and try to keep it a small portion.
I love icecream! --ahhh... yes, but don't eat it often, and normallu weigh it, as it helps me.
Crackers go well in the morning, nothing else i can eat-- well, at least nothing quick. I would probably do better on meat or eggs and veggies- have done that 18 yrs ago, and felt good!
bread doesn't agree with me much, but i do love toasties, which make me feel instant tired..
YEs, surely have to set my priorities....>> being me and feeling healthy, less tired and less sore.. voila, first thoughts are out in the open! feeling good..


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You're welcome, Tammae - I firmly believe in giving credit where it's due... and what you've achieved is pretty amazing!

Thank you for sharing your methods for success, it's good to know what other people do, and what works/doesn't work for them. It's great that in addition to weight loss, both you and Ken have reaped other health benefits too.

I completely get what you're saying about not wanting people to know if you fail - I'm the same, so never announce when I embark on a new venture (not just health-related but anything). It's not that I believe I will fail, it's more a case of having a safety net in case I do! Ha ha!

I know some people advocate telling the world that you're losing weight (for example), and I can see the sense in that, especially if you're a sociable person who goes out to eat with friends/family on a regular basis, but for me, I prefer the quieter route. It stems from childhood when my mother would belittle me at every opportunity, and tell me I'd never be good at anything; while I am definitely an adult in full control of my life, and am excellent at most things I do (not boasting, just recognising my abilities), that habit of keeping quiet remains!

I've heard so often, people say that those last 5-10lbs are the stubborn ones, and it makes perfect sense when you take into consideration that the lighter we are, the fewer calories our bodies burn just to function on a day-to-day basis. I know my weight loss has slowed down now, so I am making sure I'm getting more exercise. Easy to do in the summer... so I'm trying to condition myself to keep it up during the winter too!

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Thank you, Dutchy... and I'm so glad that our successes inspire you!

In all honesty, this is my mindset, and what keeps me going:

1. Yes, I can have cherry pie today - as long as it's only a portion, and not the whole darn pie!
2. Yes, I feel healthier and fitter now than I did 18 months ago.
3. Yes, I feel healthier and fitter now than I did one month ago.
4. Yes, I am so glad I kicked my butt into gear!
5. Yes, it gets easier with practise.
6. No, I do not ever again want to be how I was two years ago.

I guess the biggest question to ask yourself is what would you tell your best friend (or offspring/partner/parent/sibling, etc.)? Would you encourage them to carry on the way they have been, or would you encourage them to make a change?

Be your own best friend!

Also, if you don't start today, how will you feel tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Next year? On the other hand, if you start today, how awesome will you feel next week/month/year?

Why not start with a list? Where can you make improvements?

~~ Do you drink soda? If so, change to diet soda (I don't believe in demonising food and drink - I drink Coke Zero, and I love it! I also drink a ton of water.)

~~ If you have a full cup of rice, change to 3/4 cup, and then to 1/2 a cup.

~~ If you love fries (and let's face it, who doesn't?!), try to make them a once-weekly treat. I bet you'll enjoy them more.

~~ If you love bread (be still, my beating heart!) - eat smaller amounts. Or only have it on certain days.

~~ Eat more fruit and veg!

~~ Have a light starter, such as veggie soup, before your meal; it will help to fill you up and provide you with a load of nutrients.

~~ Use your support network. None of us here are experts but we've all had a wealth of experience. And we all do things differently too, so we can all offer a range of perspectives. For example; Tammae has had great success with low-carb, while I have had great success with high-carb. Some people here eat meat, some eat fish, some follow a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, and a couple of us are completely plant-based. My point is that between us, we know a thing or two!

~~ Don't suffer in silence, and don't feel alone. We are here, we can help. And I suspect that whatever you're feeling at any given time, we've felt too!

~~ Don't ever be afraid to reject advice if you feel it doesn't sit well with you, or simply has not worked for you. People want to help, and their advice is generally based on their own experiences; however, we are all different, and we have differing lifestyles, so what works for me might not work for you, and vice-versa. While there is only one sure-fire way to lose weight, and keep it off (calories in vs. calories out - CICO for short), there are many, many roads that lead there. And none of us have all the answers!

I would wish you luck but y'know what? You really don't need it... so I'll wish you resilience and determination instead!

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omg, you all look amazing!!
i am my heaviest ever.. and have been saying that for the last couple of years, the problem being, that every time it is heavier...ouch....

so,,, please someone keep me into gear and get me going!!!!
(i know, it is ME who has to do it!!!)
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very inspiring to see those pics

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Thank you for the complements.

Ken and I have eaten low carb foods for years now but just couldn't lose weight. We stuck with that type of diet because it helped Ken get completely off high blood pressure meds and my migraines were fewer.
When we started 5:2 the weight just started melting off. I did a 4:3 low carb diet for 6 months before I even told Ken I was dieting. I was afraid he would tell me it wasn't healthy to fast. I also didn't want anyone to see if I failed... again. It's been a lifelong battle. When I lost 40 lbs I finally told him. He immediately wanted to fast! Don't know if he would have welcomed fasting without seeing my progress. We are having difficulty with that last 10 lbs but geee the way it looks everyone has that problem!
It's been a journey!

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Thanks Tammae! Yes, mostly with 5:2... proof that it can be done!

You and Ken look amazing; not just slimmer but positively radiating with health. Thank you for sharing your images!

Did you lose all of yours with 5:2?

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I will be brave and post pics. I had to dig to get some with Ken and I both. He has lost weight with 5:2 also and we keep each other in check!

These pictures were taken in 2001 and 2015 (Dec).
I started fasting July 2014 and Ken started April 2015. We are in our mid 50s and feel better than we did in our 30s. We are both still fighting those last few pounds but are happy with the lifestyle of fasting and know we will succeed in time.


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GOKTOR is looking GREAT!
What an amazing transformation. Did you do this with 5:2? You look great!

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I know some of us have before and after pics in our profiles, so I was wondering how you all feel about sharing them here. Not only as motivation for each other but to remind ourselves how far we've come.

I'll be brave, and get the ball rolling, shall I? (Although it's more a before-and-during because I'm not done yet!)

I have to be honest, and say that I really didn't realise how fat I'd become when I was living in south Asia. I'd love to be able to say that the image from April '14 was my wake-up call but it wasn't. I was still in denial right up until the end of 2014, when I finally made up my mind to get my butt into gear, starting in the January.

I'm really pleased with my progress so far, and looking at these images definitely spurs me on to keep going!



So, who else wants to share?

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