....So basically I just eat MWL. Even though I don't need to lose weight anymore, I still feel that it's the best way to eat b/c it emphasizes WHOLE foods, with no processed stuff. Not only is eating that way better for you, but it prevents me from ending up w/ stuff in my house that is a pleasure trap for me.
Congratulations, ETeSelle! You look mah-ve-lous!
I've been eating regular plan lately and have gained about 10 pounds,
so it's back to MWL for me!
I've made the veggie lasagna with low fat tofu, Shredded Wheat 'n Bran w/ soy milk (containing sugar), air popped popcorn, large servings of oatmeal - and packed on the pounds, bit by bit. I also added a cup of green tea a few days a week with a little honey.
I've become convinced - reminded, really - that we can't change our body chemistry much by eating this way. By that I mean I've always been exquisitely sensitive to refined carbs, and losing over 150 pounds hasn't really changed that; I still
am sensitive to them and will gain weight when I eat them. Darn it! I can't get away with anything!
.... I may occasionally eat those things (bread, tofu, etc.) but I want to eat it OUT, not IN, b/c that way it's not available for me to binge on.
Smart girl. Know thyself. Even after 5 years, I still have to avert my eyes when I find myself walking down the candy aisle at Wal-Mart. Meat and dairy I don't miss, but sweets will always call to me, so I have to keep them out of my house. I'm amazed, really, that I still have that visceral reaction to certain foods, but there you have it.
....I actually think that maintaining will be at least as hard as losing!
It has been difficult for me, in a sense, because I'm a goal-oriented person. Once I reached my goal, it's like, "Now what?"
You just have to live your life daily, without the compliments that come along as you're losing weight and the decreasing numbers on the scale. And that for me is a challenge. I do still weigh myself once a week, and record it, just to stay on top of things.
It helps to run across pictures of myself at 300 pounds. Oh, yes, now
I remember the misery...
Anyway, congratulations on getting your new life!