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Then had a spanner in the works with an unplanned holiday to India for 2 weeks in March. (Husband thought it would be good time to visit - before the monsoon).
5:2 went out the window as we travelled to 7 cities/towns around Rajastan after 2 days in Mumbai.
Was miserable on my return to UK as it was dark, cold, wet and boiler decided to pack up! Didn't get back on the 5:2 as I felt so down.
Finally picked myself up and dusted myself down and got back on the 5:2. I was very reluctant to weigh myself OR measure my waist as I had been comfort eating.
Well today was the day I had promised myself to do the weight and waist measurement. I was pleasantly surprised...
Feb 2013 results:
Glucose Fasting- 5.0 mmol/L (reference range 3.6- 5.5)
Total Cholesterol 6.7 mmol/L (reference range 2.0- 5.2) -High
LDL Cholesterol 4.2 mmol/L (reference range 1.5- 3.4) -High
HDL Cholesterol 1.7 mmol/L (reference range >1.1)
Chol/HDL (risk ratio) 3.9 (reference range <4.4 -lower the better for less risk)
Triglycerides 1.7 mmol/L (reference range <2.3)
April 2014 results
Glucose Fasting: 4.6 mmol/L (reduced by 0.4)
Total Cholesterol: 6.69 mmol/L (negligible change)
LDL Cholesterol: 4.17 mmol/L (reduced by 0.03)
HDL Cholesterol: 2.04 mmol/L (increased by 0.34)
Chol/HDL (risk ratio) 3.28 (reduced by 0.62)
Triglycerides 1.06 mmol/L (reduced by 0.64)
HDL is 30% higher
trglycerides are 37.6% lower....
I followed weight watchers to lose 42lbs. six years ago, since then, delighting in my ability to look many years younger than my (now) 74 years, I have persevered with yo yo dieting but never more than an additional 8 lbs.
I now enjoy a wonderful Mediterranean lifestyle in full but active retirement, and would love to have one last shot at getting to the weight I was on my wedding Day, 54 years ago!!
Happy to help and motivate others and happy to accept today's thinking and advice!
Pre 5:2, always felt like I'd blown the diet, when I indulged in calorie laden food and was all for the mentality of all or nothing. If I eat this cake, its all down hill from here on and would be in a new mindset of, I've done it, now, so what is the point.
I was always good at losing weight, but clueless with maintenance, and for me, the feast days sort of resemble a kind of maintenance free winging it, hoping I do the right thing.
The other pit fall I have, and hope there is a solution, I was born a foody, I'm convinced I have super taste buds. No offence to anyone, but if I had to be fed by port through tummy, I would chose not to survive, cannot imagine not tasting food again.
This is deep, but I need to dig deep to find out what I'm doing, because I am not losing that bit more weight, I still have cellulite around my stomach and derriere and probably need to be a healthy 2 kilos less. I've given up the fight...