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April 2011, 14 months into weight loss

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Me in early May 2010, after 17 pounds lost.

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It's better to try than not try. So I'm taking my health initiative more seriously without having goals so big they can never be reached. I'm fifty, an empty-nester, and an avid reader. I used to have so many sparkpeople friends, and most, if not all, aren't here any more.

My husband and I started using 5:2 intermittent fasting in April. So far, I have lost ten pounds, and he has lost thirty. I have not been as diligent about sticking to 500 calories on the fasting days (we're doing MWF, three days instead of two), but have ended up eating 750-1000 three days a week, which is more manageable.

We do not "eat whatever we want" on non-fasting days; rather, we stick to smaller portions and only occasionally have alcohol or small desserts. I try to stay under my SP calorie plan those non-fasting four days a week when possible, and I'm walking several mornings a week. Together, we're modifying our past eating habits and feel much better as a result. You know one of the best outcomes? We know we're eating salad for dinner three nights a week and I don't have to come up with a meal. That's liberating.

Member Since: 1/3/2010

Fitness Minutes: 19,589

My Goals:
My long-long term goal is to reach the 170s.

My Program:
We're trying a variation on intermittent fasting. Three days a week, we're eating much lower calorie counts (under 900) and I don't eat any meat those days, either. The other days, we're still mindful (I try to stay under 1600), but we eat normal meals and might go out and might have a cocktail a couple of times a week. It's not true fasting, but it's a way to reduce intake without being miserable all week long.

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We started the fourth season of Orange is the New Black. It's a great show.

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    Skipping along and Sparking randomly!

    How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. -– Trina Paulus

    (I think I'd rather be a butterfly....)

    2578 days ago
  • v GRYPHON55
    Congratulations on the new job, and editing fiction, that's cool! Hopefully it's less stress too.

    I went "all in" with changing my eating. Just trying to add veggies and fruits didn't work for me, so I decide to eat them for two meals a day and nothing else. It's amazing how much that makes me eat but it's all healthy stuff. It made me look at my meals a whole different way, new foods, new prep, and that seems to be working for me. Now if I can just get below my year-long plateau number.... We'll see.

    Let's keep checking in and see how we're doing, OK?
    2978 days ago
  • v GRYPHON55
    I agree with the comment on my page that we could "lose a good chunk of weight in 4 months". I am starting with 40 days because (a) it sounded do-able and (2) it ends on my birthday, so I can reward myself with something really nice (present + reward). Come on, join me, we can push and pull each other along!
    3000 days ago
  • v GRYPHON55
    Hey, it was good to hear from you and I love your new profile pic, you look great! I've been on SP but not doing very sensational for the summer. Too much going on with work and family dramas. It's mostly sorted out now, so I am going to concentrate on myself for a while and see if I can't shift another 10 pounds off. Hope springs eternal!
    3019 days ago
    I hope all is going well, I miss seeing you around here!
    3072 days ago
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