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  • v SLIMLEAF
    Hey, well done on completing your first day of 5:2! I'm glad you managed it without too much trouble.

    I've been doing 5:2 for about 16 months now. I think it's a bit of a learning process as we each discover what works best for us. As you say, some people don't count calories on non-fasting days and eat just what they like. Others find that - unless they're careful - they overcompensate and so don't lose weight (I fall into this category!). Yet others aren't following 5:2 to lose weight but are doing it for the other health benefits (that at least partly applies to me too).

    I don't have any off-limits foods but try to exercise some restraint on non-fasting days so as not to eat TOO much.
    1879 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/24/2016 6:09:26 PM
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
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    The time to begin is now. We need not wait for a life-changing event to prompt action. Start from the feeling inside that says, “Is this all there is? . . . live a life of harmony and peace. Gary Doyle
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    1879 days ago
  • v JENSTRESS
    Thanks for the blog comment! I'm glad you're doing well! Injuries can set us all back, way to stay positive!
    1880 days ago
  • v SLIMLEAF
    Hello Laura
    Thanks for dropping by my Spark Page. I'm happy to discuss 5:2 with you - feel free to ask anything you like. There's also a 5:2 Spark Team which you'd be very welcome to join/ visit and another one on Intermittent Fasting, which has many of the same team members.

    So far, I haven't had any problems training (running - including hill reps and sprints as well as 2-hour cross-country runs; weight training; and swimming) on fasting days. I think we tend to panic about not having enough energy to train whereas our bodies have got loads of stored energy waiting to be used. On fasting days I eat my 500 calories in the evening i.e. after training.

    It's meant to be good for stabilising blood sugar levels, increasing fat burning and increasing our bodies' sensitivity to insulin.

    I haven't had the confidence to try racing anything longer than a 5K on a fasting day. I think it would be fine to do more, I just haven't dared try it for a race that I care about!

    The Spark article about intermittent fasting suggested having 5 or 6 tiny meals spread throughout the day. This might well work for some people, but as I understand the science, the whole point of intermittent fasting isn't so much the calorie restriction but giving your body a decent break from digesting and dealing with food. I think the 5:2 diet books suggests anything from 14 hours to a maximum of 36 hours without eating. I usually go about 20 hours without food on a fasting day.

    Hope that helps.
    1880 days ago
  • v JEN169
    Hi! We are doing It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The setting is a 1940's radio station. We tell the story to a studio audience in front of old fashioned microphones because it is supposed to be a live radio broadcast on Christmas Eve. We have multiple characters that we play by using different mannerisms and different voices. We have a Foley artist for the sound effects, We are radio stars and so we get to dress up in fancy 40's clothes and tell the story. It is really neat. I think we are playing a sold out show tonight. We are running through the weekend.

    Thanks so much for asking!! Maybe I should blog about it and put the links in to connect to the newspaper reviews and pictures. I do not have time right now, but then you could see us on stage!

    Peace and Blessings!!
    Merry Christmas!!
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    2311 days ago
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