I then moved abroad and met my first husband. We had a wonderful life abroad but as you can imagine a fairly sedatory lifestyle and a lot of socialising led me to pile on the pounds again. Needless to say when we came back to the UK I was a size 16/18 and joined a slimming club. I then dropped to a size 10 again. Fast forward a few years and my first son was born, cue a couple of stone gained and I was up to a size 14. I tried various diets however with looking after a young child, being isolated from my family and a marriage which was not working I found that I was comfort eating and not losing any weight whilst spending a fortune going to slimming clubs. The good thing though was I guess I wasn't putting on any more weight.
Eventually my marriage ended and I moved to be closer to my family. I thought it would be easy to lose the extra weight now I just had me and my son to look after but in reality I used it as an excuse not to cook and my weight gained slightly. I met someone else and within a couple of years we got married and had my second son. Needless to say I am now a size 18 and 14 stone 5lb's. Last year I lost two stone doing weight watchers which I was quite pleased with, however I started a new job in August and since doing that I really haven't had the time or the energy to get back into counting points.
A few friends at work have been on the 5:2 diet and recommended it to me when I was complaining about not being able to get my head into weight watchers and said given that I don't have a lot of time this may be the way for me to go.
I have done a lot of reading about 5:2 over the past week and took the plunge on Wednesday to join this site and had my first fast on Thursday. I planned my 500 calories in advance so I knew exactly what I would be having on my fast day and I have to say I was surprised how easy I found it.
My plan is to fast on Monday's and Thursday's and to plan these in advance so I know exactly what I will be having. However at this stage I am not planning to calorie count on the feast days as I want to re-educate my brain and my body into realising when I need something and what I need, e.g. food or fluids. I am very lucky to have a supportive husband and two lovely boys who I really want to be fit and healthy for - they are my motivation as well as my health.
Sorry this has been a bit of a diatribe for my first post but thought this would be a good thing for me to do. Thanks for reading, and if you didn't fall asleep or zone out, I am glad.
First fast 23/01/14
Weight on 23/1/14 - 14 stone 5lb
Size 18 (UK)