Weird week friends. As I mentioned in my last post my appetite has been all over the place. I didn't do great for 4 straight days, but the last couple have been fantastic. Last night I had 16 points left when I went to bed. The inconsistency has made it more difficult to anticipate and control things like cravings, so I am just glad to have lost a little bit this week. I am at 398.8, which is a loss of .6 of a pound. Considering my difficulties this week I will take it. I had to average three readings from my scale because it was all over the place this morning, twice refusing to even lock in on a number. I think after 3+ years it is time for a new scale. I will certainly have mixed feelings about saying goodbye to my companion and source of constant judgment for the last 3 years.
The one pattern I have seen even this week is one I have known about for a long time: fruits and vegetables are the key to controlling my appetite. When I can have a full pound of salad for lunch for 15-18 points that sets me up great for the rest of the day. It also sweeps away (so to speak) any small mistakes I might have had because of all the fiber. I really think that is the key, so that is what I will focus on this week. Sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, salads, and stir fries (with low sodium sauces). I'd love to have a really strong end to April and take some good momentum into May. Looking back to the first year of my weight loss I am about 20 pounds heavier now than I was at the end of April that year. Considering I started 30 pounds lighter this time I really need to get on the stick. I am trying not to so much compare my progress this time to last time, but use it as motivation and to remind me that I have done it before. I am in a different place mentally this time, so of course it is going to be different. There are lots of positives for me to build on, though, and I would love to get back to the kind of results I was getting back then. 4-5 pounds or more every week would be fantastic, if even for a few weeks just to get me back on a good trajectory.