Am sitting in East St. Louis and just finished Hall-Assed. A book by pastaqueen blogger. It was enjoyable and I related to her weight-loss quips and jokes and struggle. Been there, done that, many times. She lost half of her original weight (372 pounds). She did it without surgery, just by changing her lifestyle for good. While I can't lose half my weight, I do want to get to the point where my BMI is normal, my cholesterol numbers are good, and I'm comfortable and able to maintain the weight.
The Jay Robb diet should be available later this month and I will encourage all of my friends, family, and random strangers to purchase this book. Can't lie though, I've given up on the Veggie Cocktail. I've tried it twice. It has too much pulp and my gag reflex is way to strong. I lost weight last week without it, so I'm going to eat the ingredients for now and not drink it.
The entire diet is a lifestyle change. I don't count calories or points or carbs. I simply choose the items I am told to choose.(4 fats, 2 proteins, 2 veggies, and a carb if I want.) And I eat until I am still hungry. It's weird to stop eating when I'm still hungry.
Today for lunch I only ate 2/3 of the large (4 cups total) salad I brought with me. It had fat - avocado and salad dressing, protein - grilled chicken, and a ton of veggies. My fruits were the cucumber and tomato. It's been 3 hours and I still feel "ok". I think I'm about 20 minutes from being hungry. I have to really pay attention to the hunger signals. I probably haven't done this part of "dieting" before. I know the reason I'm fat is because I overate, all day long.
I've also noticed that since giving up sugar. carbs, dairy, and caffeine; that I do feel amazing! I am not having the afternoon "food coma" from a sugar or carb crash. And I think that for the rest of my life, or at least 20 meals out of 21, I can skip sugar and carbs.