Well, today my hormones are back to normal and I am feeling great! I love how I feel eating this ratio of carbs/protein/fat, and plan to keep it up with just a minor shift towards protein (from fat), keeping carbs the same. I'm sticking to about 1300 calories a day for now. I am not at all hungry and have better energy and mood than I've had in a long time, so that's a good sign.
Last night I made that butternut squash soup I talked about, but cut the olive oil in half, reduced the half and half by 2/3, increased the chicken broth by 1/2 cup, and left out the sugar. This got me a soup with 89 calories, 10.7 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 5 g fat and 2 g protein per cup. It was delicious and warming. Even the kids enjoyed it, with the exception of one teen. Getting my daughter to ingest vegetables is no easy task but she liked this.
On today's menu is a recipe I saw here, which is a curried chicken made in the crock pot. I had two packages of free range chicken in the freezer (drumsticks and boneless thighs) so I will use that. I think I will sub broccoli for the carrots, if I have any on hand (need to check) and make brown rice for the kids, cauliflower rice for me. It'll make a nice comforting Sunday dinner on this crisp fall day.
Edited to add: since the weather has changed, I needed to find some long pants and jeans to wear. Here we go again with the Hunt for Clothes that Fit. I went back into the one tub of clothes that had been destined for Goodwill (Fat Clothes) a long time ago. Everything over a size 16 had already been sent. So what's left in the "didn't quite get donated" box is about 6 pairs of size 14's and 16's. When I hit 175, the 12's were getting loose and I was into some 10's. Sad to say now most of the 16's are uncomfortably tight. Very sobering and saddening to me to look at the 14's that I cannot even get my thighs into and remember when they were impossibly huge and baggy on me.
Reality check, anyway.