So, after a few strange years and recently hitting my Highest Weight of All Time (said in booming echoey film voice), I've decided to come back to 5:2 fasting. I was so relieved to still find this community alive and still kicking (butt) three years on. I rarely posted but visited every day, and this became as much about feeling included as it did about losing weight. Moogie and co - you've outdone yourselves. This site is great and am stunned at how much it's grown. Thank you!
Reading my stats was interesting! I'm now almost two stone heavier than my last recorded weigh in in August 2013. I'm tiny in frame, so even a relatively small gain like that makes a huge difference. My friends (die-hard Slimming Worlders) are all much heavier than me so I often find talking about weight difficult because in their mind I'm 'lucky'. I feel rotten in myself though, nothing fits my small but bloated frame and I long to feel that 'lightness' that 5:2 gave me. So here I am, hoping you'll forgive me for straying and welcome me back!
It's difficult to pinpoint one particular thing that threw me off the wagon. I've suffered with endometriosis since I was 13 and finally got diagnosed in 2013 after thirteen years of pain, exhaustion and confusion. At this stage I was at my lowest weight thanks to 5:2 and felt like I was in a good place. What followed was a couple of years of prodding, upset and generally being pulled in all directions before I put my foot down and requested to be taken off everything back in September 2016. So what's left is a body that's not been meddled with hormonally for the first time in nearly fifteen years. Getting to know myself again has been interesting! Weight just doesn't come on or off in the same way any more, and my head is getting used to the new (natural!) fluctuations in hormones. I left my IT job around the same time last year and became a carer for my grandmother. Learned a lot about my family in this time and faced some skeletons that even I didn't know were lurking in my cupboard! Apologies for baring all - this feels like a new start and it's important to me that I do it honestly and candidly.
I'm genuinely excited to get to know you all again, and all the new members too. I really hope you've all found something that works for you and makes you happy.