Thanks, GettinFit for getting us started for the new month.
Kaitie and Lotus - good to "see" you again.
Good news! I had a big scale whoosh today! 209.6! That means I've lost 8.5 pounds in six weeks and am out of the 210s. Less than ten pounds to go to hit my first mini-goal of onederland.
I am really encouraged because I feel l like I've found a plan that works for me and is consistently giving me lower scale numbers while not feeling hungry and having good energy. I've cut out pasta, rice, bread, potatoes, and sugar (unless I plan ahead to go off plan for a special occasion) and am focusing on getting my carbs from beans, lentils, low GI fruit, nuts, seeds, and starchy veg like butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Getting lots of protein from Greek yogurt, eggs, fish, grass-fed local beef, nuts and nut butters, and a reasonable amount of fat, too. I eat three meals and two or three snacks a day. It's amazing because I thought I would miss and crave these foods and I really don't. And my appetite is less (in the past I've struggled with being hungry when trying to lose weight) and I don't have that 3 pm so-hungry-I-want-to-inhale-a-box-of-triscuits thing happened like I have in the past when I've been on higher carbs - even "better" carbs like brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat pasta and bread.
To give you all a sense of what "on plan" looks like for me -
Yesterday I had a veg omelette for breakfast, some roasted brussel sprouts with pecans for a snack, and lentils with broccoli and asparagus for lunch. Two afternoon snacks (because dinner wasn't til after 8 pm) - 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter and an apple, and the last of my brussel sprouts and some leftover mashed cauliflower (substitute for mashed potatoes). Then fresh grilled tuna for dinner topped with roasted red pepper and garlic (YUM - I wish fresh tuna weren't so expensive!), mashed sweet potato, steamed broccoli, and a glass of wine, with a bit of dark chocolate for dessert.
I also work out several times a week - swim laps, run, walk briskly, or dance. Also like to do yoga and hula hoop.
My goals for April
1) Stay "on plan" - which I am still tweaking and figuring out which carbs and how many and when - but feel like I've pretty much got a good sense.
2) Work out at least four times a week.
3) Keep a positive, can-do attitude and not fall into self-pity or self-defeating thoughts about having insulin resistance.
I look forward to a great April with you all and making progress on our goals! We can do it!