So I have decided to have a 7 week challenge where my main goal is to get as close as I can to my pre-accident fitness level. This is necessary in order for me to complete the partial trek around Mt Blanc that we are scheduled to undertake in mid September.
My secondary goal is to lose an inch or so of body fat, so that the beautiful dress I have bought to wear at my birthday dinner fits a little less snugly than it does at the moment. (Neither the shop assistants or my friend who took me shopping would allow me to buy the size larger, which I agree didn't look as good.)
So I am trying, yet again, to have a couple of (BSD) fast days a week - I really can't manage only 500cal anymore. But that is fine, as the amount of exercise I will be doing should mean a higher cal intake on fast days will be okay.
I will also be trying (yet again) to eat according to hunger on the non-fast days and minimizing the evening eating and the sugary snacks.
I will be gradually increasing the amount of exercise I do, from a minimum of 2 hours every day, up to a minimum of 3 hours every day plus 2-3 days a week of 5-6 hours (hilly) walking, including 2 consecutive days of long walks. This is the standard required in order to undertake the trek, so it will be quite an accelerated training schedule to reach that level again (I was at that level before the accident - at the moment I am finding 2 hours a day as much as I can comfortably manage. Frustrating.) Thank goodness I am not still in paid employment.
I started this regime on Thursday, and am on my second (BSD) fast day. So far neither day has been too tortuous - I have kept myself very active which helps a lot. On the first fast day I had a few "meals" through the day, which worked well (when I started 5:2 I used this strategy for many months), but today I have managed to get to late afternoon without eating and don't yet feel hungry. Unusual!
It has been a glorious winter's day here - blue sky and sun shining - which no doubt helped.
I am hoping that posting here will provide extra incentive to help me keep to my plan...