Hi, all! I'm Teensy. I've been on SB since about the end of February. I've lost about 10 lbs, 5 of which happened in the first 2 weeks. It's been slow going, but I'm happy to read that this is normal. The plateaus can get a little frustrating, but there is no question of going back.
With the exception of one or two years after significant relationship breakups, I have been overweight since childhood. I come from a long line of overweight people, and I am probably the healthiest person in my family. I have one sister and two cousins who are not obese, and they are also overweight. Over the years I really haven't dieted much. There hasn't been much yo-yoing. There have been some waves of increased activity and exercise, but I've always remained at about the same weight, about 10 pounds over the normal BMI limit for my height, that is, until recently. In the last 3 years my weight started creeping up, despite having a more active job. In February of 2011 I bought a scale, and was shocked to find that I was borderline obese. I started working out again, really hardcore. I lost 8 lbs in 2 months, and after that, nothing. Then I quit working out, and I gained it all back. This February I was in exactly the same place. Then my colleagues started talking about SB. I adore them, and furthermore, I respect them. I decided to give it a try. It's actually the easiest thing I have ever done to lose weight.
A couple of significant insights:
1. I'm not crazy after all! I thought that my inability to overcome my food cravings was psychological. Now I know it was hormonal. I have seen them vanish, and I have seen them return if I stray. I don't feel crazy anymore.
2. I have not been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, but based on my life history (my childhood nickname from my father was "chub"), and my family history, I am sure I am closer to that end of the spectrum of insulin resistance. Both of my dad's parents were diabetic. My grandmother was blinded by the disease by the time I was in college. My grandfather died missing portions of both of his lower extremities.
Like many others, I have tweaked the diet to my liking. In P1 I was fairly strict, but I never stopped eating blueberries in my plain yogurt in the morning. I found this to be a small sin, and the cravings stopped, so I called it a success. Since then, unless I'm having a total cheat night, I really don't eat any starchy carbs, but I continue eating a serving of fruit most days, and a glass of wine most nights. I have also been allowing myself a couple of tiny squares of chocolate at night.
I really don't miss the starches, is there some reason I should add them back? Could I be slowing down my weight loss by avoiding them altogether?
Thanks, and strength to everyone struggling with their weight!
Does this dog make my butt look big...?
SW 167 (2/2012)
Reboot SW 163 (2/22/13)
CW 163 (after 4 weeks! WTF!?)
STG 153 (the weight where I fell off the wagon last time)
GW 125 by my 40th birthday 2013