In August 2012 I was a hefty size 16, 12 stone 4 pounds, with a BMI of 26.2. I knew I had to do something about it but diets were yoyos to me – I’d lose weight, get down to a size 12, stop dieting and put it all back on again, and more!
Then I watched the amazing BBC Horizon programme, “Eat, Fast and Live Longer” disclose.tv/action/viewvide... with Dr Michael Mosley. I can honestly say that it changed my life! I wasn’t really sure what to do until I joined Kate Harrison’s Facebook group called ‘The 5:2 Diet’ and then in the November she brought out her book with the same title and I started fasting (500 calories) two days a week and logging everything I ate on MyFitnessPal.
By January I had lost around two stone and felt so much more energetic but didn’t just want to walk around the shops etc – then someone told me about the NHS Couch to 5K running programme nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/... I was 63 and hadn’t run since hating it at school, but I downloaded the first podcast, laced up my trainers, and off I went. I struggled to complete the seventh and eighth 60 second runs, but persevered and the next time out was a bit easier.
By April I had lost three stone in total, was a size 10, and had graduated from the C25K programme. In six months I had gone from an unhealthy blimp to a sylphlike runner, thanks to 5:2 and C25K!
I’m 64 now and have been the same weight since April 2013. I maintain by fasting one day a week and I make sure I weigh myself once a week so I can catch any rogue pounds before they multiply by fasting an extra day. I’ve never been so slim, fit and healthy!
I’ve become somewhat of an evangelist and tell everyone I meet about my success. People find it hard to believe that I was once a size 16 (even an 18 for a while, shhhh).