I've had a great week and have managed to lose a further 2.5 lbs making a total weight loss of 8.5 lbs since starting. That extra half pound has taken me down to the next stone (if you understand what I mean) which is a great psychological boost.
I'm still continuing with the slightly smaller meals but am basically eating all the foods I enjoy. It is a life style change rather than a diet as I seriously want this to work this time. I have altered the balance of foods in each meal, so less meat and potatoes, more vegetables. I'm also consciously aiming for my 5 a day fruit/veg and usually achieve that easily now. I think the biggest change has been drinking more water and the weeks with weight loss seem to link with the weeks I have been drinking more.
I'm still recording my daily calorie intake but have switched to an app on the iPad - 'My Fitness Pal'. It took a bit of effort to get it set up but it is now helping me to stay focused. From my starting weight, height and age my daily calories to ensure weight loss at the chosen rate were set at 1370 per day, which I've mostly been sticking to and it is definitely working. The daily number of calories varies widely between all the different sites I looked at but 1370 seems to be in the middle of the range the majority suggest and ties in with my doctor's advice.
The app also records daily exercise but I haven't been using this part of it yet as I haven't been exercising at all. Hopefully, I can get back into the routine during the coming week. Watch this space!
Linking with Weigh In Wednesday