Forgive me friends it has been 66 days since my last blog.
Going back to my last blog, on 7th Jan, I was 7-days into the Fast Diet (or 5:2 Diet) and was feeling superb. Fast forward to today and I am only just finding time to sit down and update you all on my progress.
Key note here: I’ve had to find the ‘time’ rather than the ‘energy’ to update.
You see, during these last nine-and-a-half weeks I have started swimming again and am now swimming 2-3 times a week; I have taken three day-trips (although two of them were ‘evening-trips’) to Bath; have been working hard and have been feeling great. I’ve been delighting in the feeling of healthily tired muscles, I’ve been catching up with my friends in Bath about as much in the last three months as I have in the last three years and I’ve not had one single set-back. Not one. Yes, there have been days when I’ve decided to take things easy, there have been days when I’ve decided that I don’t really feel like going swimming, but that has had more to do with the fact of the miserable weather and the thought of taking my clothes off to swim being more than I can manage.
I have also survived a cold and dispatched it in short order as well as suffering no reduction in my exercise capacity when returning swimming after a cold. I even managed an increase in the number of lengths from my pre-cold swim session, when I’d have been happy with staying the same.
I would highly recommend trying the Fast Diet to anyone, or at least reading the book. The 500 calories (or 1/4 of your recommended daily intake) is a challenge but doable. It is easier if you are doing it together with someone – all three of us are doing it – and you can get some competitive fasting going on, i.e. who can get closest to the daily target; a sort-of diet curling, or bowls! If you don’t need to loose much weight, try fasting for one day a week; if you want to loose more, or more quickly, try 3-days a week (or even 4). I’ve currently stalled in my weight loss at around 12/13lbs but I have put that down to the increase in muscle density from the increased exercise. It may also have something to do with going out to lunch more often on my non-fasting days as I’ve got more energy for socialising!
The one less-than-positive factor in all this is that I haven’t been riding as much as I would like, due to the weather and then one of the ponies being ill with a chest infection. They are back on track now and we are getting out more that the weather is improving (dashed out for a cheeky after work ride yesterday, before Pilates) and we are hoping to get Archy driving in the next couple of weeks.
I’m planning to throw some cardio into the mix with the swimming & Pilates and will probably start with the zumba disk that has been sitting accusingly in the Wii for far too long. What I must also do is make sure I plan my increasing activity carefully so that I don’t make the increase unsustainable and set myself up for a fall further down the line. Whilst I’m at it, I might just combine that into a set of business/lifestyle 1, 5 and 10 year plans.
I’m off now to make some deliveries and take some time for myself before cracking on with some more work for my clients and my own business.