I think we can all agree that life in quarantine has disrupted our lives, creating the perfect setup for packing on excess pounds.
"Quarantine 15" is a popular term for the weight gain many of us have experienced as a result of the Covid-19 quarantine.
A certain amount of weight gain after many weeks of stress, self-isolation, and being ever adjacent to the refrigerator and pantry is undoubtedly understandable.
Although I haven't gained 15 pounds (yet!), the numbers on my scale have definitely moved upward. Maybe instead of "Quarantine 15," I will refer to my excess poundage as "Pandemic Pounds!"
In my case, it doesn't matter what I call it, or how many pounds I have put on, it's time to prioritize my health and fitness. It's time for me to pull up my big girl panties (while I can still fit into them!), stop whining about things I can't control, and do something positive for myself!
I have veered way off the path of following a healthy lifestyle, and it shows. My waist has expanded, my energy level has diminished, and I just generally feel horrible most of the time.
TIME TO GET BACK ON TRACK
I have now made the decision to get back on track with my health, and the first step is to work on losing this excess weight. But how?
Recently a friend posted a picture of herself on Facebook following a 25-pound weight loss. She looked amazing! Not that she ever looked fat. This friend is my age, runs, bikes, and swims, and still has steadily gained weight over the past 10 years. Like myself, she has tried different diets without much success. Until now.
I was very intrigued. I messaged my friend with some questions about her weight loss, and she said she had followed a 5:2 diet plan.
WHAT IS THE 5:2 DIET?
The 5:2 Diet is an intermittent eating pattern that involves eating normally five days of the week while restricting calories to 500-600 calories the other two days.
After doing some research, I decided that this diet might be a good option for Ray and me to try.
The 500 calorie days (600 for Ray) are referred to as fasting days, although fasting in my younger years usually meant, only drinking water and coffee with no food. This seems a lot healthier!
On our non-fasting days, I would like to stick primarily to a combination Dash Diet/Mediterranean Diet. I have found many meal plans and recipes online for 500-600 calorie fasting days. I hope to share some helpful info as I learn more and adjust to this way of living.
Today is our first official 500 calorie day. I will let you know how it goes!
Have YOU gained weight during the quarantine? How are you dealing with it? Please share!