Just wanted to give a short update on how I've been doing, plus my weigh-in results.
I have had 11 days straight on plan, following the guidelines I set forth in my One Last Shot post. Here's how I have done with those goals:
Tracking calories daily on MFP: done
Stay around 1200-1300 calories/day: done, if slightly low. Last week I averaged 1139 calories/day and this week I averaged 1158 calories/day.
Wear and use FitBit daily: done
Stay gluten free: yes, 100%
Reduce my sugar intake: yes. Carbs averaged 99g /day last week and 88 g/day this week.
Increase protein: yes. Averaged 69 g/day last week and 67 g/day this week.
Exercise five days a week: I exercised every day July 1 - 5, and 3 days since then. I should have had one more day of exercise in there. Got very busy and will be sure not to let this slide this week. I've been swimming, walking, and biking, plus the occasional yard work (I only count yard work as exercise if I am dripping sweat).
As a result I lost another pound this week for a total of 2 pounds gone in July so far, weighing 238 this morning. I still have not started my strength training routine; my goal was to be in a routine by the end of the month so I will start on it this week. I need some suggestions for keeping up the strength training while away from home. I can't take hand weights with me. I don't want to let it slide on my upcoming trips. Thoughts?
Honestly, it still annoys me a bit that I lose so slowly on such low calories. I'm not surprised though; even when I was drinking shakes all day and ingesting 900 calories a day on Medifast, I averaged 5 to 7 pounds a month. I wasn't exercising though. If I can average 5 pounds a month doing this, I think it is a lot more doable long term. I am enjoying my food, I eat things I like, it's pretty flexible (even if I want a higher carb food, I can fit it in most of the time by eating very low carb the rest of the day) and I am able to eat pretty well at restaurants, friends' houses, and potlucks. I feel good and I am finally sleeping better, too. I'm not hungry much and feel satisfied. You can see my food choices on previous posts, since I shared everything I have eaten since the 1st. I've had a couple of questions from readers about how I am eating so many higher fat/cal foods and still staying so low calorie. I do it by eating small portions. If I want almonds, I have six. Maybe 12, max, but usually six. If I want a German sausage, I slice *half* of one into coins and fry it up with onions and cabbage, which are very low cal. Most of the bacon I use has 40-45 calories in a slice, so I can have a piece or two for breakfast with some veggies or fruit. I weigh my avocado and have 2 or 3 ounces at a time. Tortilla chips? Six is enough, with a low carb meal. So my strategy is to have small portions of the calorie-dense or higher carb foods, and large portions of the low cal or high protein foods (like salad, veggies, chicken). That way I am full at the end of my meal... mainly full of produce and protein, with smaller tastes of carby or fatty things. It works for me.
That's all for now! Hope you are having a wonderful summer with friends and family!