Those were some really awesome comments on the last post! Thanks to all who participated. I love how we can learn so much from each other.
I took away a lot of info from the conversations. I like the idea of a lower calorie day or two each week to offset higher calories on other days. I agree with the thoughts that eating lots of low calorie, high volume vegetables is important to keep me full and nourished. And I agree that I need to make sure I get enough protein in each meal, but maybe not quite as much as I was getting on Medifast. I often got well over 100 grams of protein per day... sometimes 120+ grams, even though the official guideline is to get "more than 72 grams of protein per day." I want to get most of my carbs from vegetables but still include fruits (I cannot *wait* until Clementines are in the stores!) I think it would be cool to get my BMR professionally tested. Have any of you ever had it done? From what I've read it involves running in a treadmill, and that's out for me. I wonder if there is an alternate test. But then when I search on Google for people's experiences, some of them say when they eat according to their test results they still don't lose weight. I am still curious though.
Today's farmer's market trip yielded two kinds of apples, free range eggs, and whole, non-homogenized milk from pastured cows. Last week I bought cream, which I like on my oats and sometimes in a cup of afternoon coffee, but I went with milk this time for the calorie savings while still getting some of the healthy fats of pastured dairy. Plus, my kids will drink some of the milk and that's good for them. They are not fans of cream. Also in the fridge are pears, raspberries, a lemon, cantaloupe, a pink grapefruit, carrots, lettuce, baby kale, sweet onions, various colors of peppers, zucchini, green beans, celery, and a batch of locally made lentil soup made with coconut milk. I've got Greek yogurt in there too, along with some leftover chicken and cooked burger. Today's dinner was a bowl of cantaloupe cubes and raspberries and a plate of Tandoori chicken. I meant to roast some green beans... will do that tomorrow. Calories are coming in between 1900 and 2050 each day.
I am so weak, and my arms shake when I do my strength training with very light weights (3 pounds for wrists, 5 pounds for the other stuff). I remember when I was using mostly 15 pound weights for these same exercises with no problem and was about to shop for heavier dumbbells! That was a long time ago, though. I have a long ways to go. I'll get there again.
I also have been thinking more about asking for further thyroid tests. My TSH tests have always come back normal (by the new, stricter standards) but I just wonder. Then again, I was reading about that online (I'm doing a lot of reading while I'm off my feet) and some folks say that inflammation from gluten can mimic thyroid issues. Huh. Maybe. I did go "gluten free" for awhile... but I put it in quotes because I was not exactly careful about small amounts of gluten in other things I was eating, like maybe restaurant food, sauces, that kind of thing. I just avoided grains. Well, I guess at some point I should go gluten free for a month, do an elimination diet, to find out. But not now. One thing at a time.
And now I'm feeling a little hungry, so I'll have a bit of yogurt for a snack before bed.