Thanks for all of the encouragement! It really helps. Today I weighed in at 156. I think that I do need to weigh myself often because it's really my best accountability partner! I sort of find myself falling into a routine, which i think is good. Here's what I had:
Breakfast: steelcut oats, raspberries, honey, teechino
Lunch: Salad with lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, corn, and a veggie burger
Dinner: sweet potato, brown rice, salad with romaine lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, corn.
Snack: smoothie with 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 TB hemp protein, cup of berries
I think that what is really helping me this week is changing my usual daily breakfast of Ezekiel bread with peanut butter or avocado, to a breakfast of steel cut oats. Every night, I've been putting water in the bottom of my crockpot, putting a bowl of 1/2 cup steelcut oats mixed with 1 1/2 cups of water. This is enough for two servings in the morning, and I eat half of it. Also, I put it on low and it cooks for about 8 hours while I sleep. I've always hated, hated, hated, oatmeal. Did I mention that I hate oatmeal?! But cooking this for the first time over the weekend, it really clicked that I like steelcut oats instead of oatmeal. I bought it in a bin at Sprouts health food store and it was only .99 a pound!
Also, the other thing that has really helped me is buying hard black beans from the bin at Sprouts (I think only about .80 a pound!) I soaked them overnight and then boiled them on the stove the next day. And I cooked up a big batch of brown rice. Between the brown rice and black beans, I have some instant meals to go to if I need to eat something. The next time I go to the store, I'm going to get some sweet potatoes and yellow potatoes and bake them so that I can store them in the refrigerator and add them to meals and salads.
Thanks again for the encouragement. I do like the teechino, Michelle. I have been adding a little bit of coffee in with the teechino to give it more of a coffee taste. But overall, I'm getting only about a third of the caffeine that I was drinking before.
I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry.