Well, I'm still hovering around 211-212. I have until tomorrow "morning" (by the time I get up it'll be around 3:00pm probably) to get to 210 for Saturday's weigh-in. Stranger things have happened, I suppose.
I'm still tracking my nutrition at sparkpeople. It's been interesting. Overwhelmingly, the ediets meals exceed what they're supposed to when entered into the nutrition tracker at sparkpeople. Then I'm faced with the dilemma of what to do about that. Since I'm struggling to achieve 210, I tend to choose to trim out some of what ediets recommends. Meanwhile, I feel hungry sometimes and I have to confess that my experience on the nutrition tracker has me freaking out a little bit about if I have to eat less than 1700 calories.
I'm actually very pleased with my experience on choosing my own meals (incorporating the vegetable soup and cornbread). Since this is obviously where I want to get eventually, I want to do it some more next week. I have this box of quaker oatmeal squares and am thinking about having it for the occasional breakfat, or maybe a few pieces in some yogurt for a snack next week. If I had lost weight this week, that would be an easier decision to make freely.
As it is, I think I will go ahead and have some self-designed meals next week. They will be planned in advance and recorded at sparkpeople. I think this is the time to start the weaning. Weight loss feels like it's slowed and I'm not sure why - maybe this is the time when weight loss does slow and either I reduce my calories a lot or I get more patient about seeing every new pound of weight dropped and maybe even diverting attention from the scale and to the kitchen. I was always a big fan of the daily weigh-in and I've no regrets about that. But coming to a place where weight loss is slow might mean I change my habits. Not lose my commitment, just change the pace and redirect the bulk of my focus to kitchen habits and exercise habits and less on scale victories.
I was so eager to get to 198. But here it is the end of January and I'm still on this side of 210. It's made me impatient. Looking at my weight loss graph doesn't really seem to indicate a slowing, but a lot of recent inconsistencies have bounced me up and I haven't lost much since hitting my 220 goal in November. I honestly think I may also have to lighten the blogger habit to only once or twice a week, and reading much more briefly every day - which may mean I miss some of your blog posts - but I think soaking in blogger is contributing to my impatience when I just need to use it as a light motivation tool like a magazine.
I also might look for some lower calorie whole grain bread, although the idea is distasteful to me on a naturalist level, I can experiment with it.
These are some thoughts, anyway. I'll likely be back tomorrow for weigh-in.
All this said, my roommate looked all astounded to see me in "my skinny jeans, what size are those?" (they were the 16s) and I've been beeped at on the road a couple times lol.