It’s January – which for probably about 80 per cent of women means time to stop pigging out and get back into your old clothes. And the dreaded diet…

Apart from anything else, how many of us have the money to go out and keep buying bigger clothes? I have lots of great jeans and tops that I just can’t wear at the moment because I haven’t been exercising but have been eating and drinking instead.

And it’s not that I have been eating endless amounts of crisps, chocolate and juicy curries – I have really just stepped up the glasses of wine, the nibbles, slightly bigger portions and eating out a bit more. But OMG, my body thinks I’ve turned into Jabba the Hut. OK, I’m exaggerating slightly but suffice to say I have gone up nearly two dress sizes in the last couple of months. And it doesn’t feel good.

So at the stroke of midnight – as the bells rang out and the fireworks exploded – and we clinked the champagne glasses, I decided enough was enough. And headed to google to see what kind of diet I could try. My friend Emma – a very beautiful and slim mum of three – has been doing the 5/2 diet; fasting for two days and eating normally for five for six months. She’s not obsessed with her weight and loves her food and wine, so when she poured that 40-something body of hers into a bikini when we met on holiday, I got to thinking…

She still treats herself to whatever she fancies, but watches amounts and fasts on two days of the week; sometimes just one and looks amazing.

So when the the Two Day Diet appeared; what seems to be just an updated version of 5/2; but it also has health benefits for women, I thought I would give it a try and take you guys along for the journey…

16 pounds to lose

Jan 18 – Day 1: All excited and revved up. Look out new body, skinny jeans and rippling tum – here I come. Breakfast of egg muffin – whisk an egg together with some spring onions, chilli then bake it and grill a tomato on the side; soup for lunch and chicken and vegetables for dinner. Breakfast was fine – ¬†really tasty and filling; I’ll let you know later how the rest was. Made some soup; not bad and then chicken breasts with broccoli… no carbs. Added some chillis and Chinese Five Spice to suit taste. No wine. No treats.

Jan 19 – Day 2: Less excited as the novelty wears off already. I didn’t have the ingredients for breakfast – note to self: get the ingredients in first; may add to success of diet. So have had a piece of toast. At no point in the book does it say if you don’t have the ingredients – have a bit of toast (and butter)… ok will try and get lunch right. Had some soup; and was very hungry. Then as I was preparing the Sunday roast, my partner temptingly opened some wine… and as you are only allowed to have three glasses A WEEK; I have blown my entitlement for seven days… you are allowed 10 gin and tonics (slimline) so may have to swap my tipple. I had a lamb roast and broccoli with roasted veg.

Jan 20 – Day 3: Back on the diet wagon – well it is Monday – and had a pancake with raspberries for breakfast and soup for lunch. Bit hungry so filling up on water and cups of tea. Had some lamb and vegetables. Bit boring but doable. Bed early to stop me eating. Oh ate 12 Minstrels… oops.

Jan 21 – Day 4: Had a yogurt breakfast with strawberries, soup for lunch and a salad for tea. It’s cold outside and wet and the desire to treat myself because I am cold is strong. What I am beginning to realise is that I have been feeding myself to make up for lack of sunshine, light and¬†warmth. I have been rewarding myself for the dark nights with comfort food and drink. Wine was fast becoming our dinner-time drink – so we have cut down and I feel good about that. Weigh-in is in three days…

Jan 22 – Day 5: Was feeling less than motivated and wasn’t very hungry during the day; so ate some fruit. By dinner time, I ate some of the roast chicken I had made the children. My partner opened the wine… so I just let loose and ate normally. Back on it tomorrow.

Jan 23 – Day 6: Pancake for breakfast; coffee and apple juice with water. All down hill for the next four days. Dinners out; wine and more wine; cocktails; curry; gin and tonics… oh dear. Mmm. And I wonder why I don’t lose weight quickly…

Jan 28 – Day 7: Fruit for breakfast and soup for lunch. Back on the bandwagon…

Jan 30 – Day 8: Finding it hard to stick to low carbs and keep pinching things off the children’s plates. Sticking to it – and finding what you do get to eat delicious; just not enough. But the point to this is to change your eating habits. And I’m trying. I will weigh in on Monday. Soup for lunch. Oh goody. Yawn. Would rather have a juicy bacon roll… naughty.