Thanks for the support Dugglar! It’s for sure been a process of learning and reinforcing a healthier relationship towards food and my weight. I was constantly hungry and bingeing, and knew that I needed to introduce healthier food options back into my diet to get my blood sugar/cravings under control.
You’re so right about being flexible with my weight loss goals. One thing I focused on while I was adjusting my habits was to let go of the idea of “eating perfectly”. My relationship with food was kind of all or nothing – I was either eating just lean meat with vegetables and salad, or I was going off the rails with cravings and binging on pizza, chips, fast food and wine. It took some time to find carbs that would help me feel satisfied without spiking my blood sugar and making me ravenous. Now I enjoy buckwheat noodles, low carb wraps, brown rice pad Thai noodles, sweet potatoes and whole grain toast along with my protein and veggies.
For now the 2 pounds per week seems to be coming off pretty easily. I’m pretty active and am able to burn off an extra 500 calories just in the course of my day. If I exercise that day, obviously I’m able to burn even more. The Fitbit with HR monitor has been so helpful at giving me an estimate of how many calories I’m actually burning in a day. Then I know if I eat 1000 less than that, I’ll be able to burn 7000 calories in the week, resulting in roughly 2 lbs of weight loss. Most days I eat between 1450 – 1750 calories. I’m sure it will get tougher as I get closer to my GW, and I’ll definitely remember your advice that 1 to 1.5 lbs per week is still solid, healthy progress towards my goal. Thanks for the advice!