I guess it's time to revisit my goals for the year and report what's happening. I guess the word that comes to mind is, STALLED as in "stop or cause to stop making progress."
For the past three months, I've lost and gained the same two or three pounds over and over again, week after week. I guess I've found how to do maintenance! But, I'm nowhere near my goal weight and have a long way to go before I can think about maintenance, so I need to figure out how to get the scale moving downward again, and keep making progress. I've been doing pretty good with my goal of exercising each week. When spring finally gets here, I'm sure I'll be more active outside, so that may help a bit. I have a pretty big yard that keeps me busy.
I have to figure out a food plan that works better than what I'm doing now. I've tried many things in the past. I generally concentrate on protein and high fiber foods to help fill me up. If I eat less than 1,400 calories a day, I have a real problem with hunger and cravings. If I eat 1,400 calories a day, I don't lose weight. I can lose weight if I keep it to about 1,100 calories a day, but then I'm really hungry, and can't do that for more than a few days. It takes about 1,500 or 1,600 calories a day for me to not feel hungry, but then, of course, I gain weight. Sigh.
My idea for something new to try for March is to break up my meals into smaller meals, and eat more frequently. I currently eat three meals and one snack. I often eat breakfast about 7 a.m., lunch about 2 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and have a small snack/dessert right after dinner, before 7:30 p.m. I don't eat anything after that. I think maybe I'll try breaking my lunch into two smaller meals, and eat the first one around 11 a.m., and then second one around 2 p.m. Maybe that will help control the hunger and keep my metabolism up? It will take some planning, because I'm usually busy with my job around 11, but I could try a smoothie or something easy like that for a mini meal.
I also wanted to mention that I tried intermittent fasting last year for about six months, where you only eat food in a five-hour window each day. I would drink coffee in the morning, and then not eat anything until about 2 p.m, and finish eating dinner by 7 p.m. It was interesting, because after a few days I actually did not experience the hunger as much as I do now. But, the diet didn't work...I lost maybe five pounds and then gained it back. And, my cholesterol and blood glucose tests got dramatically worse on that diet, so my doctor wanted me to stop it. That's when I started eating breakfast again, and my blood work numbers improved. But, now the hunger is back, and I still haven't found the key to weight loss. So that's why I thought I'd try eating more frequently, to see if that helps with the hunger. (I know others have had success with intermittent fasting, and I think the concept is interesting and wish them all the best, but it wasn't right for me.)
If anyone has any experience with more frequent meals, or any ideas to help with hunger, feel free to post. I think all of us are different and have different metabolisms, and we need to find what works for us. I figure if something doesn't work, it's time to try something else. So, that's the plan for this month. I'll let you know how it goes!
Happy Sparking, everyone! Good luck with your plan, and with finding what works for you!