Well, as Steven experienced, I am noticing some trends in my progress. I weigh myself every morning and there is a definite curve (one step forward, two back?) to the numbers on the scale. I am convinced that it is due to water weight, fluctuating hormones, and the fact that I am trying to lose those stubborn 10-12 pounds that don't want to come off. My food intake is pretty low due to reduced appetite, so it's not that.
Is anyone else out there a serious coffee drinker? I am and am wondering if it's a negative in terms of the SLD. I love the ritual of having my two (sometimes three) cups in the morning -- with skim milk and splenda -- with the newspaper, before heading out. It is an appetite suppressant for me so I wonder if I need to worry about it. I have started drinking sugar water an hour after my morning coffee, and am not hungry until the afternoon. Even then, it doesn't seem to be hunger. Rather, it seems that I feel programmed to eat a meal because everyone else around me is doing so.
I have decided not to eat at work. Teachers work in a dangerous (food-wise) situation -- there is Always some occasion being celebrated with cake or other treats that either begin or end up in the teacher's lounge. It is easier not to eat than to begin to eat without knowing where the eating will end. Also, I find, it is another opportunity to eat only because other people are eating and because they expect you to. That is something I really must deal with! I wonder what Dr Roberts would have to say about that. It's not something I would necessarily classify as "emotional eating," but rather as an eating "issue" in our society.
Hopefully the numbers on the scale will go down this week and I'll be at 138 lbs. by next week. My goal is to make it to 130 lbs. by mid-August, when I need (an absolute MUST! the future of the world depends on it!) to look incredible at a friend's wedding.
Good luck to all!