I am now on holiday and reliant on a mobile wifi device to connect to the Internet. It is very slow... Can't guarantee I will be able to check in every day (will of course also depend on how busy our days are) but will do my best.
Glad you are joining us @Matillian. Drinking more water is pretty well always a good thing! Do you add a squeeze of lemon juice or some such? I find it easier to drink warm water. Usually when I make a cuppa I also add some of the boiled water to 2/3 glass of cold water, and drink that down straight away. I also try to remember to have a glass of water about half an hour before I eat a meal. Best wishes and good luck! (I hope you don't mind me saying that a 7kg loss in 8 weeks is fairly ambitious, we would suggest that normally about half of that is what to expect on basic 5:2. So please judge your success by how well you stick to your strategies, rather than the resulting weight loss. And of course you never know - you might be like fancyfinch!)
@Margotsylvia - you do seem to have overcome that plateau, you must be pleased. (Btw, the challenge hasn't started yet of course, but very happy for you to post any pre-challenge progress here! )
Yes, @loz17, I live in Melbourne in the Dandenongs (thus my forum name!) Wow, you would have been super fit to lead treks in the Himalayas. Exciting but hard work, I imagine. Have you seen the documentary film "Mountain" - I think you would love it. Unfortunately hard exercise can do damage - did your PhysEd study place much emphasis on that? Your current exercise regime sounds perfect.
@Fancyfinch, you are understandably very pleased with your blood results - a great reward for your dedication and determination! What sources of fibre are you consuming - and how much do you have to eat to get 25g worth? (I have little idea of the actual fibre content of foods, I just assume that eating enough whole foods including lots of veg will give me sufficient...) By all means aim for 1700 cals a day. Calorie counting is more complex than perhaps we think - because of measurement error and because we can never know exactly what the calories are of a food we eat, or how much energy our bodies will convert it into. And our bodies are so complex too - they can subtlety adjust our metabolic rate. Learning to eat according to hunger is the ideal, but as cblasz pointed out, none of us would be here if we could do that.
Best wishes to all!