Thanks. You guys are great.
KellyDawn, I completely relate to giving up ever being small again (and the sizes I USED to wear pre-babies). I thought once you had kids, giving up your figure was just one of the sacrifices that had to be made-- and, by golly, my kids were WORTH it. Well, you really don't have to give up being who you want to be just to have kids. (Yes, I'm sure the stretch marks will never go away, and there will be permanent sags in areas forever, I'm sure, but I'm looking better than I had ever thought possible.)
As far as being carb-sensitive, etc...we followed the diet strictly on phase I. We did phase II with minimal cheats. When we got down to our goal weights we began, phase III, or I guess "maintenance."
We pretty much eat what we want, but now we know what's healthy and what isn't. So, we still go out here and there and eat what we want, and we DO eat carbs; however, since doing the diet, we mainly stick to whole wheat and whole grain. (Also we still try to cut out sugars as much as possible.)
Have you all noticed that they're now making whole wheat goldfish crackers? Also, the white whole wheat flour is really nice. I'm still playing around with it, and don't like it in EVERYTHING by itself, but mixed with the regular whole wheat flour, it makes GREAT waffles. Just remember it has to be kept in the fridge or freezer if you buy it.
They're coming out with newer and healthier foods all the time, so it seems. The light yogurt made with Splenda is also a really great treat every now and then. My husband is stuck on the 7 grain Kashi cereal with no sugar. I think we eat some foods to death till we move onto something new.
Compared to how we used to eat-- I don't think I cooked a meal that didn't have at least a stick of butter added to it-- I think we're pretty strict with how we eat now. However, I still look back on what I've eaten during the day and shake my head thinking, I KNOW I should really do better. I still don't seem to be gaining, though, so that's always a plus.
I wish you all the success we've found and more. Unbelievably, it IS possible to achieve your weightloss dreams. It's getting easier all the time.