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15 May 2016, 19:49

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Fasting while studying...

Here's the post I added to the introductions forum, which says a bit about my challenges and strategies:

I have dabbled in 5:2 in the past, and I plan to start 4:3 tomorrow (28 July 2015). I eat fish, but not meat and generally eat quite healthily, just too much!

The time has come where I just have to do something about the extra weight I have put on over the last 3 or so years of study due to too many snacks and too little exercise. I'm a full time student, in the final year of writing up my PhD. This ties me to the desk for hours every day :geek: I do get up and move about, my Jawbone reminds me if I spend longer than 30 mins sitting, but it's just not enough. I used to run for fitness, but I have a dodgy knee now, so that's out. I have a 'strider' in my living room, which is great, I can use that whatever the weather. I do 15 mins of yoga every morning to help keep my back flexible. I have a dog, who has not had enough walks recently, so I plan to fit in a 20 minute walk every day with her.

I work on Mondays, and have often fasted on that work day, so I know I can do that. Where I think I will struggle is on days when I am at home and studying. It's all too easy to nip down to the kitchen when I get stuck with writing... So I'm hoping for some support, tips and ideas here!

I generally study in 25 minute blocks, with 5 minute breaks. So here are a few alternatives to snacks I hope might motivate me to stay on target and beat the hunger pangs/comfort food cravings:
- 5 mins on the strider
- Play with the dog for 5 mins
- Drink a glass of water
- Oh, and maybe have a browse on here for motivation/inspiration :grin:

Any other suggestions would be most welcome. And if there are any other students writing theses or dissertations out there, whilst fasting, let me know, perhaps we can support each other.

UPDATE

by cwarrior on 15 May 2016, 19:49

Six months on from my last fast. In the final months of the PhD it was just too hard to fast and study. I've put weight on as a result, not sure how much as I dare not get on the scales. PhD submitted, viva over, but major revisions required, so I shall be studying for another year :cry: . However, I can't afford to keep on putting on weight. So, I plan to start again this week. Aiming for 4:3, but will be happy with 5:2. Starting with Monday and Wednesday this week, then up to Monday-Wednesday-Friday next week.

Part B of the plan is to increase my walking to 10,000 steps a day. I'm currently averaging about 6000 and plan to add 500 a day until I reach goal, by doing 500 more than I did on the same day the previous week.

Back on the wagon, I'll be dipping into the forums again, soon! :grin:

PhD student, tied to my desk :geek:
Start (July 2015): Weight 80 kg, Waist 90 cm
Current: Weight 76.2 kg, Waist ?? mislaid tape measure :doh:cm
Short term goal: Lose weight in May/June. Add 500 steps a day until averaging 10,000
Long term goal: To wear my designer outfit for graduation Summer 2017 (?)
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