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I am looking for a way to lose the extra weight that is sustainable in the long term and won't have me want to quit in a year or so....I think maybe intermittent fasting is it....
I am starting at 97kg (new scale 105kg) on 1 Jan 2019 with 36 hrs fasting three times a week while doing 16:8 the rest of the week. Let's see how it goes....

Update 28jan19 (down 3kg - 6.6lbs)
For the next 4 weeks I will be doing straight 16:8 everyday...

Update 4 Feb 2019 - I am gaining so I am changing it up to OMAD - one meal a day)

Update 25 Feb 2019 - since Jan 1st I have lost a total 9.2 kg (20.28lbs), 3kg (6.6lbs) in Jan and 6.2kg (13.67lbs) in Feb.

Update 3March19 - I have been doing mostly 20:4 fasting the past week, with a few days off fasting (3days) and keto. I weigh 95kg (209lbs) down 1.2kg (2.6lbs) since last week (I have a new scale so I had to adjust my weight accordingly). I will keep doing 20:4 with 1 or 2 days 24hr fast weekly for the rest of the month.

Update 7April2019 - Not very strict with the fasting this month, tried to stay on OMAD but mostly did 16:8 and had alot of carb days that i went off Keto. Weigh in at end of the month 90.4kg (199.29lbs) woohoo one-derland!! that's a loss of 4.6kg (10.14lbs).
Will continue with OMAD as much as possible with twice weekly 36hr fasts.

Update 2May19: April didnt go too good with the planned schedule. Mostly did OMAD but not very KETO this month, as you can see with the loss of only 0.5kg for the whole month. Still a loss though finally went below 90kg! I havent been here in so long. 89.9kg
I have to do better in May. I will try and maintain ketosis for the entire month of May and do my 3x36hr water fasts every week while keeping to 20:4 the rest of the week. Update8May19 - been doing OMAD most of the week, but struggling to maintain ketosis. Havent fasted 36hrs all week. I will keep trying

Update 1 June2019:
The first 2 weeks of the month didnt see any loss, i stayed OMAD for those two weeks but didnt do any longer fasts. I then figured I should up my game a bit so I started doing 2 x 36hrs fasts for the next two weeks and started seeing losses immediately. I initially wanted to do 3x36hrs but since i saw results with the twice weekly, i decided to keep it at that until my next plateau. So I lost 2.7kg (5.94lbs) basically over the last 2 weeks of the month. Current weight 87.2kg (191.84lbs)

Update 1 July19: 87kg (191.8lbs) lots of cake and not fasting since it was birthdays left right and center...LOL

Update 10July2019:
did 2 more 72hrs fasts over the last two weeks of the month. Current weight 84.7kg (186.73lbs) lost 2.5kg (5.5lbs) for the month of June. Alot of junk and non fasting days was had as this was my birthday month and many other celebrations. so good to see a loss.
I am going to do 18:6 or OMAD as much as possible this month, maybe see how many 24hrs fasts I can do but mostly going to stick with OMAD to see if that will lose/maintain/gain for this month.

Update 2Aug2019: Since the last update i have managed to do 3x36 hr fasts every week, basically alternate day fasting with OMAD on eating days. I feel good. some weeks i did continuous 66-72hr fasts, lets see if i can persist in Aug or if I feel i should change it up. At some point I'd like to try a prolonged fast of up to 7 days. Working up to it. SO my weight? last month 87kg (191.8lbs), this month 82.7kg (182.3lbs) loss of 4.3kg (9.5lbs).I do feel really good though. Dont know if i'm going to stick with it or maybe go back to 18:6 fasting....lets see how this week turns out.

Update 6Sept.2019: The month of August did not see much by way of weight loss but i see myself in an entirely different light now - see progress pic on page!... I wouldnt have believed it - in fact I still dont and have to constantly look at the picture to remind myself not to make fun of my fat did do alternate day fasting the whole month except for a week that i stayed with a friend and didnt want my dieting to get in the way, as she went through a lot of trouble with the meals for me. Anyway the weekends in this month were my downfall....too much carbs even though I was staying within my calorie range. I also did not fast on the weekends so ate all day long. All the losses i would make over the week were trashed over the my weight: 81.8 kg (180.3lbs) as of this morning. But since my official weigh-in is on Wednesday that reading is 82.9kg (182.8lbs) a loss of only 0.2kg (0.44lbs) for the month of August. My goal was to reach 75kg (165.3lbs) by the end of September but I am so happy I have lost over 22kg (50lbs) over the last 8 months. I will continue alternate day fasting for now and will be stricter with my carb intake and hopefully i meet my goal.

Update 1Oct2019:
Another month gone! WOW! last month was maintenance i guess. I tried fasting alternate days for the first week of the month then I did 2 x 48hr fasts the next week,,,,then it all went downhill as i had to travel and i straight out binged that week. eating all sorts of rubbish at all sorts of times and undid everything i did for the month. I then returned home the last week and did a 48hr fast and another 24hr fast in the same week - mostly because i had a stomach bug and couldn't keep anything down. I am happy i didn't spiral out of control, and that i was able to get back to fasting without too much of a hassle. in the past that major binge would've had me quitting everything....
SO my weight at the end of such a trying month? 81.6kg (179.89lbs) this morning... like i said I am maintaining the loss i have made over the last few months and that is great. no big gains.I will try to do a 48 hr fast followed by a 24hr fast every week of October. i will try to be as low carb as possible. I am now about 6kg (13.22lbs) away from my goal!

Update 6Nov19: October was a bust. I wasnt fasting as planned, eating alot of carbs, and felt lousy. I did stick with the exersice except for the last week of the month where i was really feeling the carb effect and inflammation was real bad. Jumped back on the fasting around the 3rd of this month and am already feeling much better. Inflammation has all but I learnt my lesson, fasting works for me - stick to it. I am at 82.5kg (181.88lbs) - am just glad I didnt gain more .....I have started on an alternate day fasting approach for this month. with one or two days of exersice. lets see if i can bust through this plateau....

19Feb2020 Update:
I was stuck at 83kg (182lbs) since August I think, dropped some kg with fasting and regaining when i ate. so basically my stall was at 83kg. I did alternate day fasting for a few weeks in January and even that didn't budge the weight so i figured there was something else that i should look at. I decided to look at dairy in my diet as the culprit. I have now for the past week been doing 72 hour fasts, eating twice a week and have eliminated all dairy so i can put back one at a time and see what impacts my results. In a week i have managed to but through the plateau and lost ,2.7kg since the last weigh in at 81.2kg (178.64lbs) to 78.5kg (172.7lbs) woohoo. I had some cheese with my last meal and havent noticed any flare up of inflammation. will do butter with my next meal and see. Hopefully i hit my goal of 70kg (154lbs) by end Feb.

Member Since: 1/4/2006

Fitness Minutes: 5,979

My Goals:
[Intermittent Fasting and Low Carb. No exercise Yet]
1Jan 2019: 105kg (231.4lbs) 97kg (214lbs) edit Feb New scale reading 105kg (231.4lbs)
1Feb 19: 102kg (224.8lbs) 94kg (207lbs) -3kg 102kg (224.8)
25Feb2019: 96.2kg (212lbs) NEW SCALE READING!!! I bought a new scale and have to
adjust my tracker accordingly....lets see how it goes... +2kg new
scale: -5.8kg (-12.79lbs)
1March19: 95.8 kg (210.76lbs) -6.2kg loss (-13.67lbs) for February
1April19: 90.4kg (199.29lbs) -4.6kg (-10.14lbs)
1May19: 89.9kg (198.19lbs) -0.5 (-1.1lbs)
1June19: 87.2kg (191.8lbs) -2.7 (-5.9lbs)
1July19: 87kg (191.8lbs) -0.2 (-0.44lbs)
1Aug19: 82.7 (182.3lbs) -4.3kg (-9.47lbs)
1Sept19: 82.9 (182.8lbs) +0.2 (+0.44lbs)
1Oct19: 81.6 (179.89lbs) -1.3kg (-2.87lbs)

3Oct - Starting exercise: 30 day jumpstart challenge! 6Nov - Jumpstart was too strenuous for me, i just picked the upper body workout along with the cardio to do weekly. been doing ok except for one week towards the

My Program:
Intermittent fasting 16:8 (OMAD for the most part)
With 3 x 36hr fasts 3 x a week for the first four weeks
Thereafter 36hr fast twice a week
Low carb as much as possible
No sodas, sweets,
Track calories
Get at least ten minutes of strength training.

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    Exactly! It is a marathon, not a sprint. I've read that the slower you lose weight, the more apt you are to keep it off. I wouldn't say that to discourage anyone who is losing weight with a conventional diet, people can and do maintain their weight loss whatever the method, and everyone has their own path. But if you are stalled, which happens to almost everyone, and/or you are using a lifestyle approach, it is a good thing to remember. I also want to thank you for your kind comment. I worry that I'm being intrusive if I give someone advice. So I was a little brave when I posted on your page.. and was elated to get positive feedback. :0)
    628 days ago
    Congratulations on your progress! I do 16:8, or something close to it, most days. I try to keep my carbs somewhat low, and I walk between 1 and 1.5 miles a day (changing pace from time to time, as you walk, makes it more effective). That routine makes it fairly easy for me to maintain my weight, even though I'm definitely not 100% compliant. If I want to push to lose weight, I need to make sure I have a lot of veggies, I try to be more compliant, and I pay more attention to how many calories I take in. I view these as lifestyle changes that I intend to keep up for the rest of my life, and I don't weigh myself very often. So far so good! I hope you have a great autumn. :0)
    636 days ago
    I'm not as strong as you but you are motivating me!!! The challenge is going pretty well. We are about to finish. This is the last week, but I didn't lose a gram. emoticon emoticon
    660 days ago
    emoticon Liz, you look AMAZING. You've got this! Keep it up. Show the world what you can do! Sending tons of emoticon and emoticon
    660 days ago
    I am also on the 5% challenge team doing the challenge. I lost my 5% last Spring and plan to do the same this summer challenge. I have lost 4 pounds this week so far, just counting calories and staying in my allotment set by Spark, no going hungry
    692 days ago
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