The strangest thing about this “diet” is that The Architect and I have both really started to enjoy, and even look forward to, our fasting days so I started the week on a high – about fasting! At the same time, this week has been the hardest because of the sleep issues we are having in our house. I have just been so incredibly tired and have found the fast days a challenge – not because I’m hungry but because I have realised that when I am tired I eat. And eat. And eat. Somehow I hope that I’ll stumble across a food that will miraculously re-energise me. It never happens and I am left feeling worse off because I have just eaten so much random stuff! I am beginning to realise why it is that I gain weight while breastfeeding when most people lose it! The fasting days have forced me to find other ways of coping with being tired and while it’s early days I am pleased that I am becoming more aware of why I eat.
5 things I am loving about the Fast Diet in week 5!
1. It doesn’t feel like a diet
Twice a week I skip lunch, the rest of the week I eat carefree! I don’t have to calorie count or really do anything – it’s brilliant (is this the holy grail of weight loss??!! It sure seems like it). I weighed myself a couple of days ago and in just over 2 weeks had lost 2kgs. Amazing.
2. Being able to enjoy food without feeling guilty
I just finished off some really yummy ice cream before writing this post then I messaged my lovely friend Lexi about being excited about losing my baby weight and getting back into fashion. A month ago there would have been an uncomfortable irony about those two things happening simultaneously – not tonight!
I love that I can enjoy food without having a lingering sense that I probable shouldn’t have eaten it.
Note: I am not suggesting that you should eat a lot of fatty, high sugar foods when doing the Fast Diet BUT I am saying that they have a place in a normal, balanced diet and I am enjoying that I can, well, enjoy them.
3. Feeling energised and focussed
The first couple of weeks on the Fast Diet I felt tired come mid-afternoon but that was all gone this week. In fact, I have been feeling more energetic and inspired to be active. Not being able to rely on food to get me through the humps in the day/week has given me a clearer mind to think of what else I could do that would make me feel good.
4. The discipline of a fast day spills over into other areas of life
Eating 500 calories in a day takes planning and discipline – two things I have been wanting to work on in myself for a while. I am finding that being disciplined about these days is incidentally flowing into other areas of my life – I have been stricter with my use of technology and particularly the boundaries I have for myself when I’m with the kids, I’ve been more disciplined about housework and just feeling generally more organised. It’s definitely still early days but I am loving this side-effect!
5. Feels like success, not restriction.
Our journey so far:
If there was one way I could sum up my experience so far it’s that it feels like something that sets you up for success! It’s becoming a new lifestyle for me, one that feels full of freedom not restriction. I can eat foods that might be considered high calorie (avocado, quality peanut butter, fruit) as much as I like – foods that might normally be limited on a traditional diet or program but are actually really good for you because they are low GI, or contain certain nutrients etc… I can also enjoy sweet treats (and I definitely am a sweet tooth) without feeling angsty about it. This just makes me feel really good about my fast days and the whole approach in general – I feel like I’m winning at it and that inspires me to keep going!
What is the 5:2 Fast Diet and why do it?
Diary of the Fast Diet: Weeks 1-3Diary of the Fast Diet: Week 4