This week, I continued what I've been doing for the past several months: eating smaller portions of the things I like, and focusing on getting in plenty of produce, protein, and healthy fats. No calorie counting or measuring. I roasted a lean pork tenderloin with fresh cranberries, enjoyed chicken salad from a Rotisserie chicken (with apples, celery, walnuts, and grapes mixed in), had a big salad at a restaurant with one piece of fried chicken. I drank a lot of coffee (mostly decaf) with and without cream, ate lots of fresh juicy pears, apples, Clementines, and berries. I made a roast with steamed baby carrots one night, had some pulled pork another night, and enjoyed a huge artichoke dipped in melted butter. I've had eggs for breakfast a few times, including a scramble with sausage, mushrooms, onions, and spinach. I also had a piece of pie and a few dark chocolate covered almonds. Today I still weigh 229 pounds, same as I did last week.
Last year, I lost about 1 to 2 pounds per month. During the first half of the year I was doing AIP and walking for exercise, then started tracking on My Fitness Pal and logging all my calories and steps... finally adding biking and swimming in July. That got me from 245 pounds to 237.5 pounds (7.5 pounds lost in 7 months). The second half of the year I stopped tracking and ate what I wanted within reason, stayed active but relaxed about the food. That got me from 237.5 pounds to 229 pounds (8.5 pounds in 5 months). So, I don't expect to lose weight every week, but I hope to keep dropping a couple pounds a month. I think there has to be a state in between where I am now (calm and comfortable with food, eating healthy things most of the time, but not moving enough, versus obsessed about counting/monitoring/restricting the food and exercising more). Maybe the in-between is where I will have the best weight loss.
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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