I'm feeling so discouraged. I've been on 5:2 for over a year now, and my weight loss has plateaued at 4-5 kg loss (and I've got 20-25 kg to go, it's not like I'm 'nearly there'). I basically haven't lost anything further since about Nov last year, when I got to my lowest level (6 kg loss) — it's been slowly climbing up since then.
I have neurosarcoidosis, and am on high doses of an 'organ rejection' immune suppressant. I have a lot of severe fatigue / brain fog etc from CFS too. I also have congenital hip problems which has led to hip, knee, and foot pain, which means going for a stroll or bike ride for exercise is not feasible. And early stages of menopause (which I suspect is the biggest contributor to my weight loss woes).
At the moment I'm just starting back at hydrotherapy for 15 min/week (and that wipes me out), to help a recent knee injury repair.
My husband, who does 5:2 with me, has, of course lost over 10 kg. The bastard
I know there are general health benefits from 5:2, which keeps me going, but I'm feeling so immensely frustrated by it all. I swing between giving up entirely on having any weight loss goal (at least 5:2 helps me maintain my weight, even if it's still too high) — and feeling pressure to lose (as less weight = less hip pain, and I have an artificial hip etc plus self-esteem stuff).
My sports physician says I probably need to be doing daily (but not strenuous) exercise to lose weight, as well as 5:2. I could probably do weights, and chair-based exercise, but most days everything just feels to damn hard. Despite planning to do it, I'm not :/
I stick to about 450 cal on fast days. I started to count calories on my non-fast days, just for a while to see what I'm eating in more detail — but I can't stand to do it (I did daily calorie counting for a year before 5:2, and I just can't make myself do it any more). I suspect I'm eating a bit too much on non-fast days but it just all feels to hard to cut back, right now. Feeling pretty burnt out.
Rant over .. any ideas welcomed.