Wednesday, 22 March 2017

5:2 Diet - 2 days down

Just a quick update! I have 2 fast days under my belt now but I have to say yesterday's was by far the easiest one.  As I mentioned in my previous post Tuesday's are most definitely my busiest day, so an ideal day for keeping my mind of food.

I stuck to the same routine yesterday as I did on Saturday (even the same food as I enjoyed it :) ) and it worked really well. I got up around 7am and started the day with a cup of tea with semi-skimmed milk.  From then on Saturday went as follows:

Nothing all morning

  • 2 x turkey rashers (69cals)
  • 2 x eggs scrambled (124cals)
  • with 20ml semi skimmed milk (12cals)
  • Small tin of Tomato Soup (173cals)

2 further cups of tea during the day and 4 large glasses of water.

Total = 378 cals (plus around 23 cals for each cup of tea)

Yesterday I just changed the quantities slightly as Saturday's total was a little low:

Cup of tea first thing

Nothing all morning

  • 3 x turkey rashers (104cals)
  • 1 x egg scrambled (62cals)
  • with 10ml semi skimmed milk (6cals)
  • 1 x white toast (103cals)
  • 5g butter (37cals)

  • Small tin of Tomato Soup (173cals)

2 further cups of tea during the day and 3 large glasses of water.

Total = 485 cals (plus around 23 cals for each cup of tea)

So how did I find it?
I found that I could easily manage the morning with no food at all as long as I had my early morning cuppa.  Between 12-1pm my tummy was just starting the rumble slightly so this is when I put lunch into action.  The afternoon was tough.  I was at home and haunted by constant thoughts of food.  I don't think I was really hungry but just wanted something 'sweet'.  By 5pm I really was hungry.  I decided to try and wait till about 6pm for my soup but just couldn't wait any longer.  Was feeling a little bit woozy and just in need of sustenance.  During the evening I felt fine not particularly hungry but I can honestly say I did feel a bit tetchy and short tempered.  I was glad to go to bed as early as possible so that I could get up the next day and start afresh with something nice in my belly.

Again, I managed the morning absolutely fine without food and didn't have lunch till 1pm.  I decided to add a slice of bread into lunch.  I know the diet doesn't overly recommend carbs but I felt that I needed a little bit more to get me through the afternoon and I was still easily within my calorie target for the day.  On the afternoon I was busy and out of the house which was great.  Didn't feet hungry at all but I did suffer with jelly legs around 3pm and went a bit shaky.  Assuming this was a lack of sugar.  Got home and fed Freddie so by the time I had my soup it was 6pm.  Again, this felt fine and I wasn't overly hungry.  Out again during the evening at ladies choir and wasn't even tempted by the lovely cakes someone had bought along for their birthday.  A little tempted to snack on my return home but didn't give in.  Went to bed feeling happy that I'd sustained another day of fasting.

Further thoughts?

Ok, so I really think this diet is sustainable but I just need to see now what kind of results I get as to whether I'm still eating too much on my non-fasting days.  At the moment I'm just sticking with what I normally eat and will see how I go.  I did make one major cock up though with timing the start of my diet plan.  My next fast day should have been Saturday but I'm off out to the theatre with a meal beforehand.  I thought, it's ok, I can fast on Friday..........erm nope hubby and I are off out for a meal as tomorrow is my birthday.  And with Sunday being Mother's Day I'm not feeling the love for a day of fasting.  So it looks like there'll only be the one fast day this week and then back on the plan from next Tuesday as normal.

Results so far

Ok, so I know I said I'd weight myself each weekend but I was just desperate to see if there were any initial changes (plus I didn't fancy weighing in after a weekend of birthday celebrations!)

When I started last weekend I weighed 145lbs.  Upon weighing myself this morning I was 142.4 so a loss of around 3lbs.  I'm not daft and I know this is mostly water weight but nevertheless it's still and start.  Will keep you posted on my progress.

Thanks for stopping by! x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

A 'Fast' approach

Since having Freddie 4 months ago I'm about a stone heavier than before I had him.  I was never completely happy with my weight before having Freddie so you can imagine my utter aggravation at my current situation!  For me though it's more about the fact that none of my clothes fit and I'm not prepared to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe in a larger size.  I stand there nearly every morning looking blankly into the array of outfits that no longer fit, thinking "what can I wear today that won't make me look frumpy and mumsy" and then yet again end up wearing the same old leggings and tunic top that covers a multitude of lumps and bumps.  Don't get me wrong I'm proud of being a mom and the fact that my body has been through the wonderful miracle of pregnancy and childbirth not once but four times, but it's just nice to be me sometimes as well as a mom.  Being 'me' does not usually involve the same old shitty clothes day in, day out but more so a variety of dresses, skirts and skinny jeans.

So, after much reading I've decided to give the 5:2 or Fast Diet a whirl.  Along with some great results in the weight loss department it's also supposed to provide some great health benefits.  The whole concept behind the 5:2 diet is that you have 2 days per week where you 'Fast' which involves eating only 500 calories (600 if you're a man) and then the other 5 days you eat normally.  (New updates from Dr Michael Mosley who designed the 5:2 program say that you can now eat an extra 200 cals on fast days and still be successful.  As there's no real info on this yet I've decided to stay with the 500 for now).  Obviously, if you go crazy on the 'normal' days that this isn't going to help in the weight loss department but the idea is that you have an occasional indulgence such as a sugary treat or a glass of alcohol without it causing serious problems to your plan.

The thing that drew me to the 5:2 plan is that, as the saying goes, you're never more than 24 hours away from eating something nice........I like this idea a lot.  I'm not fooling myself though that the Fast days are going to be easy but I've decided to schedule them in on the days where I'm quite busy so that hopefully I won't notice my hunger pangs quite so much.

I've decided to keep a track of my progress on my blog so that, more than anything, I'm held accountable.  I'd also like to share my experiences with you all so that others thinking of joining the 5:2 ranks can see what the whole thing is like.  I've decided that today will be my start day (fast day) and I'll keep you updated on how I did and what I ate/drank.

Now for the facts.  Yes I'm going to bare all as I think it's the only way to be completely honest with myself.
Day 1 - 18th March 2017
My current weight is......145 lbs (10 st 5)
My current waist measurement is....... 33 ins (can't believe it was 25 before I had children)
My current hip measurement is......... 40 ins
Current dress size.........size 14
I'm 5 ft 3 so my calculations are as follows:
BMI - 25.7
BMR - 1292
TDEE - 1550

I shall be weighing myself once a week and measurements every fortnight to keep you updated.

If you'd like more information on the 5:2 program then have a look at the website  You can add your own details into the calculator to see what your current figures are.  I also like to use which is a very clear weight convertor table.  I've ordered my 'Fast Diet' book which should be arriving later today so hopefully this will give me a bit more help and advice.  As far as I can see though, the concept is pretty straightforward.  Wish me luck!!

Thanks for stopping by! x

Friday, 27 January 2017

And then there were six!

Been a while my friends but as the title suggests we have grown in number!

Frederick (Freddie) Stanley Griffiths finally arrived at 12.06 am on Thursday 10th November.  Almost a re-run of Eliza's birth 20 months before, he decided he would vacate the mothership through the sun roof due of a decreased heart rate.  Nevertheless, he appeared fighting fit and at a healthy 7 lbs 2 oz.  He seemed so tiny for the first few weeks but now at 11 weeks it's amazing how quickly he's grown.  He's giving us lots of smiles now and gurgles and coos when we chatter to him.  Eliza has loved him to pieces from the first day we bought him home.  She gives him lots of kisses and can't seem to understand why when she says "Freddie, Freddie, Freddie, Freddie" for the millionth time that day, he doesn't answer!

Life in the Griffiths house is a little crazy nowadays.  During the Christmas period there's been as many as 9 of us in the house at times with kids, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends etc and it has got a little overwhelming at times.  The constant tidy up is enough to make Mary Poppins weep.  There are also days when I feel all of my (nearly) 41 years and think "I much too old to be doing this again".  But then there are those fabulous moments, the moments of smiles and giggles, music and laughter and of course the usual and somewhat smutty Griffiths humour.  We do know how lucky we are though to have such a big and wonderful family and that our house is filled with life.

Thanks for stopping by! x