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    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.
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    1879 days ago
    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
    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
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    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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