My DH put a photo of me taken about 5 yrs ago when I was about 30 lbs heavier in a swim suit. At the time I just accepted that weight. I was going through surgeries and was just happy to be alive. It was several years later that I discovered these diet boards and took on the healthy journey and with it came the weightloss very slowly but staying off. The staying off part is something that did not happen in the past.
I like looking at my heavier photo, though because it reminds me how far I have come, both health-wise and weight-wise.
Judy, what you say about taking a few years to stick, is so true. It really is like learning a new language. Practice, practice and we get better at it!
I don't really "count'" daily carbs as much as I try to be aware of how many carbs are in a food item. I almost never eat white carbs like white bread or pasta. I do eat white potatoes maybe twice a week.
I don't use sugar so that is less carbs per day. I do eat fruit and alot of veggies so these are healthy carbs.
My cravings have gone way down for these items the less I have them. I used to have a terrible white carb craving.....pasta and thick French bread. I was the bottom-less pit! Also pizza. I think I am actually getting a handle on these cravings. To answer your question, though how many carbs a day, I try to eat as low carb as possible and then when I have a slice of pizza it is OK.
I think it is so important to keep reminding ourselves that we have the power to set limits and make the choices of what we put in our mouths. Sometimes when we get into bad habits and we feel so out of control, we have to remind ourselves, "hey, wait a minute" and get back the power we DO have!
Welcome here. Congrats on that near 100 loss! That is something to be very proud of. I hope you will join our talks. I'm sure you have much to share.
I've been here since Jan, 2010. I used to be a yo-yo dieter. Thought I could lose and go back to old ways and not gain. It was here that I picked up the tips to add small changes that I could stick with and lose and keep the weight off.
What did you do to lose the weight? What was your biggest struggle? My biggest struggle was late nite eating (I mean eating not just a snack).
What you say about "setting limits" is so important because if we go back to business as usual our eating goes back to old habits that put our weight on, too.
Laura, cayenne is ground red pepper and red pepper flakes are coursely ground red pepper. I get it at the dollar stores. My DH got me about 6 lbs. of it at Sam's Club maybe 5 years ago and it is almost all gone. I pack it in small pill containers and take it to restaurants.
You can also get the cinnamon capsules where they sell vitamins and supplements. When I was eating alot of carbs like pasta I would take about 3 of them. I didn't want to put cinnamon on the pasta! LOL