I am feeling really good today! Finally just happy and relaxed. The food stress seems to have passed for now and I am really enjoying the peace that comes with being off sugar and eating lower carb. It gets easier and easier NOT to eat junk. Today I woke bright and early at 5:45 and had my decaf coffee and was not hungry until close to noon, when I had one Babybel cheese and an iced cold brew coffee with cream and sugar free syrup. I also had a really small plum hybrid thing that came in the CSA box this week, too. I don't know what they're called but the skin is tart and the inner fruit is bright red and sweet. We got a whole bag of them, plus blueberries, carrots, onions, zucchini, small potatoes, and green beans this week. I plan to make some kind of creamy kale soup like they serve at Olive Garden with sausage and the onions and potatoes and some green beans added. That will be tomorrow, probably, because tonight we have company coming for a barbecue in the back yard! My son is making burgers and hot dogs on the grill and I got a watermelon to go with it. (I will have my burger wrapped in lettuce with some avocado slices instead of cheese). I find that having one larger meal per day (usually dinner), like I did on Medifast, works best for me. My breakfast, lunch, and snacks can be pretty darned small and I can get by just fine until dinner as long as I have some fat and/or protein every couple of hours. I can push breakfast out pretty late or even just have coffee some days, which is against the common mantra of never skipping breakfast, but intermittent fasting or a shortened eating window has often been suggested to me as a way to give your body a break from digestion. I don't get blood sugar crashes early in the day before I eat, unless I have nothing at all for the whole morning. Even coffee with cream seems to be enough. When I don't eat much throughout the day, I don't feel triggered to keep eating. I am fine waiting until dinner for a substantial meal.
We're heading out on a fishing trip later this week, staying in a cabin we rented on a lake in the woods. I can't wait! It does have a kitchen and a grill so I can bring lots of healthy foods and stay sane with my eating. We will be doing plenty of boating and swimming too along with some hiking. I love a good family adventure! Feeling blessed to be able to do this. I am weighing every day but will post an "official" weight when I get back.
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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