So, I promised a bit of a retrospective post to talk about 5:2 and how the year was going.
I have talked on here on a couple of occasions about how 5:2 is hard but not that hard. Fast days are rubbish but they are doable if you are organised and if you just get past the fact that being a bit hungry is not going to kill you. I'm therefore a bit disappointed that our fast days have got a lot more sporadic in recent weeks.
There is a bit of a reason - or is it an excuse? I always strive to be honest on this blog, albeit optimistically honest (is that a thing?) so I might as well say that, particularly since the break in, my anxiety levels have been high and I've not always been feeling 100%. I've been on anti anxiety medication in the past but I don't like that as a solution so I'm trying to deal with it myself. And I've noticed that low blood sugar can exacerbate physical symptoms of anxiety so I've been a bit wary of fasting. Ha, written down that looks exactly like an excuse!
My weight has remained pretty stable throughout - I'm currently a couple of pounds shy of a two stone loss for the year. That's amazing BUT the majority of that loss came in the first couple of months. That is not amazing.
I've made peace with the fact that I am never going to be a skinny girl again, but I would like to lose enough that I am an unremarkable size and, more importantly, enough that I am not endangering my future health. I really want 5:2 to work for that because I am shit scared of the alternative. The alternative is going back to a more regimented plan - a Weight Watchers or a Slimming World. And that makes me want to cry; I love being liberated from counting, from obsessively measuring out every teaspoon of oil or knob of butter. I actually enjoy going to the fridge an being able to sling something together from bits and pieces of leftovers and not having to worry as I go along that it will involve more points than I have left for the day. I cook and eat well and have found my own natural balance (as evidenced by the fact that, even without fasting, I have maintained my weight).
But, if 5:2 isn't going to get me to where I need to be then I have no choice.
So, here's the deal. I am re-committing to 5:2 wholeheartedly for the next 6 or so weeks, which takes us to the end of August. It would be nice to knock off half a stone or so in that time, although any downwards movement would be good. If I haven't made any more progress then I'm going to have to start on an alternative route come September.
It's blogged and therefore I have to stick to it, right?