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I gradually put ~20 kg on after quitting smoking three years ago despite regular exercise 3 times a week. I tried cutting calories down a little bit, which helped to stop weight gain but was unhelpful to lose any weight. I have never been on a long term, scheduled diet mostly because I find 'diets' unsustainable for me. Besides, I am more concerned with the baggy skin after losing weight and stretch marks one gets from losing-gaining weight than being overweight. I am not usually bothered about being overweight unless I am trying a yoga posture that requires a deep fold. which is made impossible by my tummy or I am trying on new jeans.
I found out about 5:2 yesterday; researched a bit and today is my first fast day. I skipped breakfast and had a bite (literally!) to eat after swimming for an hour. Whenever I feel hungry, I've been drinking water. It seems to help.
It's dull and drizzly here in West Wales today. Fortunately the dog doesn't mind the weather so he'll still need a proper walk. I've found a brilliant calorie counter for walking http://walking.about.com/cs/howtolosewe ... alburn.htm and according to this a 4 mile walk for somebody of my weight is the equivalent of 500 calories - if I do that daily (and I do), that is the equivalent of a pound of blubber in a week. I...
My head wasn't in it. If my brain doesn't buy into the activity the body just won't play the game. From January to mid-march I was on just about the most self destructive food gig of my life.
Whilst going through the motions of 'following the plan' I was abusing the diet in ways that make me ashamed. I've told no one this and only write it now because this is anonymous. I was eating large bags of Revels almost daily, sneaking bread and slathering it in very, very thick 'Clover' and snaffling...