I have made it a week being able to maintain. It has been a few days since I last wrote and since the last time I have lost a lot and gained a little but today was my first day waking up to 1 lb gain and the first time I went over my LDW by .5 lbs. I am perfectly happy with that b/c I know I had a little too much “fat” yesterday. It has been hard for me to get all my calories in in the day b/c I feel full all the time and I don’t want to eat if I feel full. I also know I didn’t drink enough water yesterday either. I just take it one day at a time and am looking forward to being out of maintenance phase 3 and into phase 4 where I can start adding some carbs. I have kind of settled into a routine as far as my mornings go and I feel happy about that. I do miss my morning cinnamon sugar toast like I used to have for breakfast before I started this diet but I am sure I can slowly work my way back to that. I know I don’t seem to have as much energy as I did when I was on protocol for the VLCD but I do know that I am just starting my journey so it will take time. As always every day is a new day and I just take it as such. I get to make my niece her first birthday cake from me this weekend. She will be 2 yrs old and I am so happy to have her around, not only for me but for my son. Watching those two together is like watching a brother and sister. It really lights up my life to know I am making a better change for myself and for my family. My husband has noticed the change in me as well and is uber supportive on those days where I am a little down b/c of not getting to eat what I want or being able to cook dinner for the whole family like I used to but I know I will get there.
I went shopping for some new work pants yesterday b/c I can no longer wear the two pair I own b/c they just slide right off of me as I bend over or what not. It felt good to get one size smaller. I know, I would have been down one more dress size if I hadn’t went “hog wild” eating whatever I wanted last summer/fall/winter but I am happy that I at least lost that weight I gained after breastfeeding. All in all I am pretty happy with the results thus far and cannot wait to see where I end up at the end of summer. It will be hard b/c we do have a few summer activities that we do regularly which involve drinking or celebrating but I know with a new mind set that I will not let the weight come back on. I have decided I may not go back on my next round till after August as I just don’t know when I can work in the VLCD with all the things I have planned but we will see how it goes. I will try to check in every few days and let you know of any easy or hard things I have gone thru to help those out there in roughly the same situation I am in. Just remember, every day is a new day, even if you “screw up” today, tomorrow you can fix it. Keep your heads up looking to the sky and your dreams of a skinnier you!