Hi, I guess I should join this month.
I lost 20 lbs between late April and mid June on the Eat to Live 6 Week Plan (lots of greens, beans, limited grains, no added oil or sugar, max. 1,400 kcal). Stayed on it for two more weeks, and planned to stick to the principle after that, as I felt good physically. I didnt lose another pound though, in spite of exercising vigorously every other day. Eventually, after eating the required 1 lb raw + 1 lb cooked veggies a day for weeks, I also couldnt bring myself to chew another leaf.
Anyways, since then Ive mostly eaten healthier than before E2L. Restricting myself so much though, while at the same time (as a part of that plan) forcing myself to eat the required minimum
amounts of certain foods (see above), seems to have triggered unhealthy behavior, which I had hoped was a thing of the past. So for a couple of weeks, I basically gained and lost the same 2 to 3 lbs on a weekly basis. Well, I seem to have broken this cycle over the past weekend - new month, new luck.
Please dont expect me to state my actual weight or inches/size here, as I already tend to focus on these numbers a bit too much, and would rather like to change my mindset about them. I will just say that I am still officially overweight, and have to lose some more to get into a healthy weight range again (dang all those awesome vegan cookbooks, lol). I also have the lowest metabolism anyone could imagine, sigh.
My goals for August are:
-\teat no more than 1,400 kcal/day (preferably 1,200)
-\tlow fat, avoid added oils/sugars/processed grains, eat more legumes
-\teat a light breakfast at home before I leave for work (instead of waiting till noon)
-\tallow myself small treats occasionally, e. g. a piece of dark chocolate (or two)
-\texercise at least every other day (preferably 5 times/week)
-\tlose at least 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs) per week
-\ttake it easy if sometimes I dont lose as much as I had hoped for
So far, from August 1st to 3rd, I've had 1,100 kcal/day (low appetite) - but havent exercised at all yet.
As you can see, I really need a place for accountability!
Good luck everyone!