Hi Lisa - how was the holiday? Where in Scotland did you go? I went to the Highlands a couple of years ago - it was cold and wet but the scenery was absolutely beautiful. I'd love to go back some day!
I had my first fizzy pop in ages - it was coke, I think normal, full fat coke (I don't like diet coke, it doesn't taste right), a friend bought it for me whilst we were out for the evening at the weekend. I had a prosecco and lots of water, I probably would have gone for orange juice or lemonade, but the coke was OK, hasn't made me want any more fizzy pop though.
It's good to hear that the inositol worked well for yo. I had a few days off the inositol due to family issues and I wasn't home for a couple of nights - I didn't take the inositol or the multivitamins for a couple of nights, so I'm sorting of struggling to get back in to the habit at the moment. I think it had made a difference, in the last couple of days I've had three spots appear on my face and another one or two on my body. Anyway - you've reminded me to take it tonight, I've just made some up and am sipping at it, I really must be getting used to the taste! About the miscarriage - thank you, it was a really long time ago and whilst I think I'm mostly over it (at the time, I was actually quite relieved which now seems a horrible thing to say), it just hits at certain times, I think it hasn't helped that I spoke to literally no-one about it - no-one in my private life knows about it. Have you managed to get plenty of support from friends and family?
A few years ago, I trained as a midwife - not working as one now though - when I was on placement on labour ward, I looked after a couple of women who had really high BMIs, the one lady I looked after had a BMI in the 60s. I've also got a friend who is a similar size as me who has had a couple of children with no problems. It does seem that whilst periods and ovulation are meant to be affected by weight (both high and low), it does seem really individual as to at what point that individual's fertility is affected.
Fish and beans sound good. I don't eat much meat, which is funny considering I grew up with having meat at every hot dinner, things I would never touch now like chops or stew, so I always struggle with protein, I used to eat loads of tuna, when I was at uni the first time, I would have a tuna baguette for lunch almost every single day. I still like tuna, but I think I have grown bored of having it that often. I do like other fish, I enjoy salmon and sea bass and I absolutely love fish pie (though made, not bought, as all the bought ones have prawns and I don't like shellfish (I sound really fussy, I'm not, when I'm out or at a friends, I'll eat what I'm served even if it's not something I like), though fish pie's not exactly something you can take to work! As a consequence, I probably eat far too much cheese as this is my go to option when I don't really know what else to have!
I'm not really too strict with how many calories I have at the moment. I've sort of set myself a maximum of 2000 calories, which sounds a lot but according to the NHS BMI website, the minimum I need per day if I am inactive is 2045, and I rarely reach this, most days I have a maximum of about 1400 calories. On most of my low calorie days, I am well below 800 calories, often about 500. I tend to have a lunch of about 350 calories at work (it used to be about 900ish!). I used to go to the shop most evenings after work and buy junk to have at home in the evening as it was easier than cooking for one (even before I broke up with the ex, he worked away a lot during the week, so I was often home alone anyway). Now, I tend to have a rice pot, soup or something similar and a salad, some fruit and maybe a yogurt. For low calorie days, I bought a trial pack Slim and Save which is a food replacement diet. I had and have no intention of doing one of those diets, but there were 28 meal replacements in there, each about 150 calories, and I have one of these as my evening meal. Last week I had some family things going on and I did have a couple of bad days where I had nearly 3000 calories, but actually, I'm quite pleased about them. One of them was when I spent the whole day driving and had a couple of service station stops - I rarely venture in to fast food restaurants so I'm not bothered about these, these things can and will happen. But, the other day was just one evening when I decided I wanted to pig out. I actually felt disgusting and disgusted by it all (previously, that wouldn't have been an uncommon thing for me to do), so I'm quite glad it happened and now I feel that it won't happen again, well, certainly not for a long time!
Anyway, I think one of the good things about the 5:2 diet (not that I'm following it properly!) is that whilst you're obviously eating sensibly 5 days of the week, if you feel hungry or like you're missing out on the 2 days, you always know that tomorrow, you can eat a little more than today.
(Sorry it's a bit of an essay!)