At around the same time, he saw an exercise / muscular-skeletal therapist who gave him a stack of exercises to strengthen his areas of weakness and increase flexibility. As very seldom happens with anyone who receives a plan, he has stuck to it. With incredible results. And combined with the 5:2 fast diet, I'm pretty amazed at the changes.
Three weeks in and he's dropped around 2 kilos from the one place that weight goes on - his middle.
And combined with the stretches, he has abs. Visible abs.
So what's a girl to do but join in?
My first fast day was Saturday. I had a good breakfast post-parkrun. An omelette with mushrooms, tomato and spinach. Plus a coffee of course.
I didn't feel like eating again until around 2pm, but I diverted the pangs with more water. And then even more water. By 4 O'Clock, it was getting harder to distract myself, so I hit the floor for 15 minutes of core work. It's impossible to feel hungry when you're working your core. Water. Water again. And before I knew it, 6pm had come around and it was legitimately time for dinner. It was almost a shame to break the fast.
We went easy for dinner. Steamed flathead tails with salad. Light and delish. It was enough.
At bed time I was a little shocked to discover a 1.5kg loss for the day. I was also shocked at how self-satisfied I felt at conquering the hunger pains and remaining in control. Like a test that I had passed or something.
Will I do it again? Absolutely. But it'll have to wait now until next week. I've got a half marathon to run on the weekend ;)