Originally Posted by CNAKAYL14
Usually I have cravings for "junk" like chips or cookies or some kind of junky snack food, that I know I can't have... I Try to drink more water to help cure that craving but most of the time it isn't working.
Huge congratulations on your fantastic progress! 2 things come to my mind:
First the obvious question: When you say it doesn't work, are you eating anything off program?
If the answer to the first question is no, is it possible you aren't eating enough and are in starvation mode (metabolism slows down to conserve energy & weight loss stalls)? Maybe you need more fuel to meet your body's minimum metabolic needs. Other 3FC posters have great info about how many packets or equivalents we need at certain weight landmarks. If I recall, isn't it advisable to have 4 packets over 200 lbs? Maybe 5 packets over 300 lbs?
Along those lines, working as a CNA is equivalent to significant exercise, for which an extra packet is recommended. I also think being tall means your body needs more to meet minimum needs. My weight loss was pretty steady but after a few months I was so hungry all the time that I "cheated with chicken" adding an extra 6-8 oz COOKED almost every day. It wasn't really planned--i just couldn't seem to do without it. I have a physically active job, too, and wonder if this is why it worked out for me, as I didn't do ANY formal exercise. (btw, the chicken was breast meat, no skin).
You might consider looking at the alternatives thread, though there's nothing like a good coach. Possibly you could eat a packet of two of alternatives at half the price and buy just enough IP to have access to the coaching. It bothers me a little that your coach "hates your schedule". That would make me feel stressed. I think a coach should be able to work out a plan that fits anyone's schedule--that is your life! Unless you actually wanted to and could change your hours.
Good luck and keep at it--you're doing really really well.
Deanna: you look amazing!