I wanted to post a quick introduction as I've been an on-going lurker for about nine months. You have all been a lifesaver for me with your experiences in McDougalling, even those problem days falling off the wagon.
I am 36 years old and am currently 36 weeks pregnant with my first child. I have a 5 year old stepson and husband both of whom are SAD eaters. In fact, my DH is a meat and potato type of guy who dislikes many veggies and most "healthful" versions of food. I am on my own with this way of eating and in the past I haven't managed to stick with it.
I started McDougalling for health reasons as well as weight loss. The only time in my life where I lost weight effortlessly was in college when I existed mostly on steam-fry (no oil) with rice, with occasional mac & cheese, cheese sandwhiches and pizza once a month for variety. I didn't know about McDougalling back then, but it made sense to me once I started reading his books.
I struggled for years with an unknown dairy allergy - thank goodness for no more sinus problems! I also suspect I have issues with gluten so I try to use gluten free products. I also started having problems with hives and serious itching. My PMS is pretty much gone and my cycles are no longer so flipping painful. I feel so much better eating this way.
I had started getting serious with McDougalling and my exercise just before I got pregnant. I had problems with nausea until 24 weeks, then I started gagging on healthful foods, weird aftertastes, was able to only eat a few foods such as PB & jelly or PB & banana sandwhich-go figure that one out. So, my McDougall plans got put on serious hold and I was not a happy person about as my husband can attest to. Despite all the problems I've had with food during this pregnancy, I've only gained about 20 lbs.
So, to help me deal with my frustration, I started evaluting where I got into trouble in the past with sticking to the program and coming up with strategies. I began planning my meals out much better, making a restaurant list of where and what I would eat that would be McDougall friendly and dealing with some mental habits and re-reading my books.
Somewhere about 32 weeks, discovered that I can eat most of my McDougall meals again. I'm still hesistant with spicy stuff, vinegars and citrus are still an unknown - those made me so sick before I think I'm going to avoid them for a little longer, and a few other items, but I can eat McDougal very well now.
Exercise is out of the question as I have had 24/7 pelvic pain since I was about 27 weeks. Moving and sitting is extremely painful on most days if done for any length of time. Every time, I think the pain is going to go away it comes back. I am sleeping in a recliner now as laying down flat causes too much pelvic pain due apparently to how low I'm carrying this little one. I just got lucky with this symptom. So, I plan to start exercising after the little one is born.
I'm pretty much following the Regular plan, but keeping a my breads and pasta's on the lower end. As, instead of fixing something to eat, I'll munch on a bagel instead. I am relearning that I can fix a quick meal with ingredients on hand, which is how I originally learned to cook. Along with making soups and rice to have on hand to help keep me on track.
I am 5' 10 inches tall and I have a minimum of 75 lbs to loose most likely more, but I don't know what my lowest weight was. My sister is the same height and small boned, while I'm large boned and I could never get close to her scale wise. I figure this will be a journey and my body will know where it wants to stay at naturally when I get there.
I figure I need to start jumping in and holding myself accountable so I don't feel all alone in this SAD world and using that as an excuse to "fall off" the wagon so to speak.