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So, even on my non-fast days, I have given up all cakes pastries, and desserts - unless I really need one - and am making more of an effort to consider the calorie and nutritional content of what I am eating. This has seen me drop 4.6 pounds since my last recorded weigh-in on the 27th September. In addition my osteopath has told me that I must now walk at least two miles a day, up from my previous limit of one mile. I don't like walking but, if I wish to remain mobile as I age, then he has said that is what I have to do - no ifs, no buts! At least the dog is enjoying the increased walking!
My good wishes to all of you maintaining this month. Let's all keep in touch as much as we can until the fate of the forum is decided. I for one will miss all my Fast Day friends should it close so keeping fingers crossed!
I seem to have stabilised somewhat, at 3 kg above where I'd like to be and my waist is 1 cm larger than it was for all of 2015. If it really does stop there I think it is a price worth paying for better sleep and no hot flushes. I still get warm moments but they are not unbearable like they used to be. I guess the fact that I still get them means it's too soon to start cutting the dose! I don't sleep all night through but when I wake I go back to sleep quickly, which is a massive improvement. I still weigh and measure less than I did most of my adult life . I think I need to give it a few months to see what effect the better sleep has on my health and weight before deciding what to do about the HRT in the longer term.
Meanwhile I shall perhaps be taking a step back on the good sleep front due to the excitement of starting my University course on Nutritional Therapy on Thursday
I do hope the site will continue one way or another, I know I will carry on regardless but it would be great to think that others who are new to this WOL would continue to get encouragement from long-term maintainers and fellow-fasters aiming at maintenance.
Good luck @carorees, hope you will be very happy at uni and successful in your eventual career.
Happy cruising @stowgateresident
Quite a number of us are close to our 3 year anniversaries, which is wonderful. Though I would be curious to know how many of those who did lose weight, through whatever fasting strategy, have been able to maintain that loss... So many have come and gone from this website.
As you may have read, I am not weighing myself, but based on my clothes and how I look and feel, I seem to be doing okay.
Drinking a large glass of warm water with lemon juice first thing each day, half an hour before a meal and at other times when I am thirsty does seem to be helping. As does all the exercise I am doing! I never excluded starchy veg and also believe that reintroducing grains (quinoa and rice mainly, but I do have good quality bread from time to time, and I have included oats in my diet for ages) has also helped - the more variety I have in my diet, the less likely I am to eat the processed sugary carbs. Apart from milk chocolate... I do have more than perhaps I should of that, but I enjoy it so much... And I would have cakes once or twice a week when I go out with family or friends. We have so many great cafes around.
I am trying to eat according to hunger and what I feel like having. And only fast after major overindulgences - when I don't feel like eating anyway. Holidays will continue to be a challenge tho - I identify with Stowgateresident on this! We have a week away coming up, but as it will be mainly self-catering, that will help, though it depends a bit on the foods available for purchase...
Best wishes everyone!
Goal weight 120 lbs, maintenance range 118 - 122 lbs, method 19/5 every day.
Entry weight 123 lbs, exit weight 123 lbs, average 124.97 lbs
Lowest 123 lbs (2 days), highest 126 lbs (8 days)
Never got down into my maintenance range but the average is 1.5 lbs lower than last month. Try again in November.
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