A few things to keep in mind: you are right that you lose more quickly in the beginning, so it's totally normal that your weight loss is going to slow down. I recommend weighing yourself just once a week, since that's going to give you a better picture of your progress vs. more frequently. Your weight is naturally going to fluctuate from day to day for reasons that have nothing to do with your diet and exercise program. Just something to consider :)
I think it helps to eat at a variety of levels within your range, depending on your needs. It's okay to have treats in moderation now and then, because that's what makes this more of a lifestyle change and less of a "diet". So don't be afraid to have something sweet sometimes if you're craving it and there's room in your calorie budget.
Ack! I just planned out my meals for the day and I have about 300 calories remaining to reach the top of my range. I've only been at this for a couple of weeks. I was able to drop 6lb really quickly (mostly water, I'd guess), but have drastically slowed down (.5 since Friday).
I'm an instant gratification type of person, so I need to keep seeing the scale go down to stay motivated. I like a little something sweet in the evening before bed. I've met my daily minimum for all of my goals (calories, fat, protein, etc.), but like I said, I still have a little extra room. Eat it, or leave it on the table and hope for another small loss over the next couple of days? Split the difference and eat a little more at dinner?
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