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04 February 2014

Fast Diet - Week 15 - #LoseDayTuesday

Week 15 of the 5:2 Fast Diet!! To find out more about it, read my original post here

Okay finally, I've had some good health. And not to be too demanding, but now all we need is some good weather! I think there were a total of 3 days in the entire month of January that it didn't rain! It was purely miserable. I am all for making the most of whatever weather you have and all, (last year I pushed the pram through the Heath in the snow), but really, day after day, bundling a toddler up and heading out in the pouring rain just gets depressing!! But enough whinging about the weather already!

I think I have hit my resting weight (more about that later) and so I want to know whether anyone has had any success with Fast Exercise? I am definitely considering adding Fast Exercise into my Fast Diet but just want to hear some success stories first.

This weekend is my 30th Birthday, which technically was going to be the end of my Fast Diet experience. However, as I am still a few kilo's off my target and am actually enjoying this lifestyle, so I am definitely going to keep going for a while longer, until I can drop down to 6:1.

Lunch - Tuna & Pepper Hummus Crispbread

This lunch snack was based on a flat bread recipe that I used to love at Le Pain Quotidien.

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2 GF crispbread (54 calories)
1/5 cup spring onions/eshallots (17 calories)
Low fat red pepper hummus, 2 tablespoons (70 calories)
Tuna in spring water, 37g (42 calories)
Butter beans (5 calories)

Whilst it seems like the hummus is a waste of calories, it really does add so much flavour that I would definitely recommend including it. I love the butter beans on top, they go so well with tuna!

Snack - Green Olives

I am just craving so much salt these days! So green olives is definitely my way forward! I had 15 olives throughout the day, which is 60 calories.

Dinner -  Shakshuka

I have posted about Shakshuka in the Fast Diet before, and it reminded me about how good it is, so I decided to make it again, recipe HERE.

meg-made Fast Diet recipes - shakshuka

The original Fast Day Recipe has only 178 calories, but I added an extra egg because I had the allowance and so that's why it is now 228 cals.

Total calories for the day = 478


I managed to do two high-intensity walks in the rain this week, in addition to my Reformer Pilates class and continuing on with my 30 to 30 Plank Challenge

Weight loss?

Total loss to date = 3.5kg (7.7lbs)

It seems I have hit another plateau, but this time, my plateau is my resting weight. This is the weight I have been for most of my adult life. I used to diet on and off and would sometimes manage to lose one kilo here or there, but it would come back and I always seem to be about this size. I am more healthy and fit than I have been in a long time, so whilst I am still fitting into the same jeans that I used to have, I feel differently about myself now. Maybe it is because I have been 16kgs heavier (when I was 40 weeks pregnant) and so I've seen my body go through some difficult times and appreciate it a lot more these days!! The thing is, I would now like to break through this resting weight and find a new (and lower) resting weight to carry forward through my 30's. So when I get back from our little holiday this weekend I am going to work really hard to get over this next hurdle and see where that takes me!

Goals for the coming week

My goals for this coming week are:
  • A home pilates session as I won't be making my regular class this week
  • Complete a 16:8 Fast for an additional mini-fast
  • Enjoy the heck out of our weekend trip away and not worry about calories/weight/fasting
We are heading away for the long weekend so if you are on the Fast Diet, you may want to look away if you follow me on Instagram! But if you are a foodie who loves the snow, stay tuned!!

I hope you are having a wonderful week!

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  1. Lovely recipes as ever, thanks, Now to my pennies worth on 'Fast exercise' or HIIT. Well if done properly yes it is a great way to burn fat and control blood sugar in a short time window. You must must! warm up well, then if cycling as a for instance, go gentle for 5 mins build up to a fast pace towards the end of that time then for 20 seconds go hell for leather…yes it will be unpleasant! rest for a couple of minutes (if you did it with full commitment you will NEED to) then repeat 2 more times. finish off with some gentle stretching, you will need around 30 minutes to complete your HIIT. This type of exercise does have the potential to get you off your platoe, so give it a go. I include HIIT in my workouts at least a couple of times most weeks. Another approach I would recommend for HIIT would be this You Tube channel: And also doing weight training, get some lean muscle mass on and up you're resting metabolism, a must for me I'm a foodie! As for my progress I have reached my target and Im now rebuilding with muscle whilst concentrating on nutritious real food and continuing with a 6:1 fast for the health benefits, I love the way my body feels with regular rests from food, good luck to you…above all enjoy :0)


  2. Good for you Meg! Lovely food/menu for your fast day (as usual).

    Enjoy your trip.

  3. I would really like to try this clean eating diet, but find that a lot of the recipes take long to cook/prepare. I am work Full time, have a toddler and am going to school. I need things that are Congrats on making the choice to lose weight! Fast diet I agree with your decision to just be reasonable about what you eat. All too often, people try to do some dramatic weight loss plan that won't stick forever. The best choice is to just make healthier choices. I can't wait to see how the program works for you! Good luck! :)


Thanks for your comments, I SO love hearing from you! xx Meg