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I am a 70 year old, happily married, man living near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, Utah USA. Over the last couple of years I have allowed myself to become somewhat sedentary, and my weight went from 170 pounds to 195 pounds. This past February I decided to change my lifestyle and begin to exercise and diet.

I began exercising on a treadmill we have in our house 3-4 times a week, and was able to get fit enough to be able to burn 700 calories in an hour. I did not do anything special from a dietary point of view at that time. By the end of February, I had shed four pounds.

In early March my wife saw the FastDiet book reviewed in the New York Times, and downloaded it onto her Amazon Kindle. She suggested that I read it. I immediately saw the logic behind syncing up our dietary behaviors with our evolutionary heritage, and told my wife that I was going to begin intermittent fasting the next day. She opted to join me.

One of the things which I found most attractive...

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I'm fasting today as I have had 3 day carb blow out (and probably the first binge in the last 90 days). I was expecting to feel ashamed of myself but strangely I'm not. I'm in the mode of "it's ok, just make sure you do three fasts this week".

I lost a pound last week - the first one in a whole month so I have probably undone all of the good work, so it's a good test for fasting as a WOE to see what happens when I next weigh in.

I have decided not to do the daily weigh in stuff any more. It dictates my mood for the day which is a complete waste of energy, and I was getting frustrated. I'm just going to go back to weekly (Saturday). Granted, I'm a bit scared to jump on the scales this morning and I'm sure that has something to do with it, but honestly, I'm none the wiser.

I last fasted on Thursday and did a 40 hour bulletproof coffee only fast as I did not eat again until Friday lunchtime. On the Friday morning, I had gained a bit on the scales, which is why I had only...

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It shouldn't really surprise me, the amount of calories in the junk I usually eat, especially since 7 months ago I was counting every calorie that passed my lips for about two months while trying to lose weight for a vacation to Jamaica with my fiancee, but it still does. And the sheer volume of food I can put away is simultaneously amazing, alarming and embarrassing.

I did an 'almost' fast day this past Friday, doing well by eating oatmeal for breakfast and a bowl of leftover veggie soup later when I got hungry again, but I had two drinks that night, so it blew the day for being a 'fast' (500 cal or less), but I still consumed WAY fewer calories than I usually stuff my face with. I also felt pretty good that day, and the next day until I ate. Not so much the eating itself, but what I chose to eat. Arby's Beef'n'Cheddar and half a medium curly fry... twice. Not at once, mind you. They had a mix'n'match special, so I ordered a sandwich for now and one for later, and split my order...

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Well, despite over eating especially over the new year, I think my weight gain of around 1.5 lb is not too bad. I have fasted, just as well as before Christmas but my eating in between fasting days is a bit chaotic. I have decided to drink more water on none fast days to see if that helps, and have started to slow my eating rate down. My problem is the binge eating, I hope that this improves over the next few months. I am hoping to loose 14-16 lb in 2014 and a further half a stone after then.
On a positive note, my son in law has started 5;2 this week and my wife announced that she is going to join me.
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The other day I was brushing my hair (which is almost to my waist) to brush out the tangles prior to getting in the shower. I was naked and not quite awake. I caught a glimpse of myself out of the corner of my eye and thought "I'm getting smaller." Which lead me to actually look in the mirror and start paying attention. Sure there are still many overly padded spots on my frame. But progress is happening too. And it was just waiting for me to notice. I was delighted.

Last weekend we had a long holiday weekend. We also had house guests (my parents and sister). The house was full of food including pies, cookies, etc which I don't usually buy. I ate protein, salads, etc but also had a fair amount of the sugary stuff. By Tuesday when they left the scale had climbed quite drastically. I was discouraged.

Normally I fast Mondays and Thursdays. But with the holiday and guests I did Tuesday and Thursday this week. I found those fasts harder. I was definitely hungrier...

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