Thanks for starting this thread! I'm sure you have your hands full with three kids, including a 16 month old! I work at home, which as you know makes food accessible constantly! It's a challenge! But one we can conquer. Thus far I'm doing pretty well. Though I'm out of the Spiru-tein shakes I've been using (as of last night), more will be delivered today, and I have some leftover Diet Direct shakes if there's a delivery glitch. They aren't my fave mostly because I don't like to use soy but for one or two meals they will do. I do find that I sometimes want to eat more solid food than 2 small frozen meals and I confess that I've had 3 rather than 2 a couple of times. I am not down about that as even with 3 my intake is still lower than it was before I started. But I do want to stick to just 2 because I'd like to see faster rather than slower results. For me that means making another shake if hunger is an issue rather than reaching for another entree.
I am clinically hypothyroid which does make things a bit more challenging - I take thyroid medicine every day. Mostly what I find is that the thyroid condition results in my frequently feeling much more tired than I used to feel, and of course it's easier to pack on pounds as a result. But I do know that I can be slim again, which in and of itself will give me energy. I also really, really want to fit back into my beautiful clothes!
I read an interesting article which suggested that people who want to lose weight really clarify for themselves just why they want to lose, so that they can use that vision to strengthen their determination if they find themselves tempted to indulge. The article suggested that we imagine that we have met a genie who has the power to instantly grant our wish to be perfectly slim, providing we can make a real case for just why we want and deserve that change. I thought that was kind of cool as it made me kind of hone my case for making this change. For me it's three-fold: I want to feel energetic and healthy, I want to look good, and I want to feel more able to be more involved and spontaneous socially without feeling embarrassed by my appearance.
I live in California by the sea and mountains. It's a beautiful day, the roses are blooming and the pelicans are flying! Hope you are well, and I hope that others will join us and post. I benefit by daily posting and it's really nice to talk with others who are on the same path!
Have fun today!