That's right, ILV, it's the Godzilla mug. I love drinking my coffee out of it!
I'm doing the Atkins "induction" phase, which is all the protein & fat that you want to eat, plus under 20 gm. of carbos a day, mostly in the form of green vegetables. The book says you're only supposed to do it for a few weeks, but I've been on it for many months, and I feel terrific. I chose Atkins because (1) way back in the 1970s, when I was much much thinner to begin with, I easily lost 25 pounds on it; (2) I don't want to fuss with counting, weighing, or measuring anything; (3) I love most of the allowed foods, such as smoked turkey, roast beef, salmon, cheese, cream, and macadamia nuts; (4) I've read Gary Taubes's Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat, and I completely agree with his conclusions. (I highly recommend the latter; the former is dense and hard to get through.)
I think everyone has to find out what plan suits them, both mentally and physically. Some people like to cook; some don't. Some like counting things and keeping careful records; some don't. Some people get easily bored; some don't. Some people need to have special treats in moderation; some don't. Some people get along great with food A & food B; some people get along better with food X & food Y. And so on... We're all unique individuals with unique minds & unique bodies.
How is your own journey coming along, ILV? Does your plan work for you? Are you able to stay motivated?
Current mini-goal: Get down to 260
Pounds to go: 12
Mini-goal 1: 30 days binge-free —> done 12/21/13 & binge-free now
Mini-goal 2: Get down to 280 —> done 5/22/14