Well...here I am...
Things are good. I think about all the things I'd like to write about, but I rarely have the time to actually stop and write. Life has been busy.
However, the scale has been steadily going down - in the 280s - so I'm happy with that. I had an awesome discussion with my doctor in early January. We both agree that intermittent fasting, good food, and good sleep is the way to go. We also agreed to appointments every 6 weeks. So far, so good.
I've changed my focus in a variety of ways. Don't get me wrong - it's still a work in progress, but I feel I'm making REAL progress.
First - I'm working really, REALLY hard to make sure I'm in bed LIGHTS OUT by 9 pm so I can try to get 7 hours of sleep since my alarm goes off at 4:15. I've even started wearing an eye mask to ensure I'm not disturbed by hubster reading or turning on lights. To help fall asleep, I read up on melatonin and discovered that the majority of folks take WAY too much of it. Recommended dosage for folks over 50 is only 0.33 milligrams!!! So I cut a 1 mg pill into thirds as best I can. Finally, I stop drinking caffeine around 2 pm. These three things are helping me to fall sleep and stay asleep. And I think the sleep is helping me to lose some weight. Seriously.
Second - Intermittent Fasting or Time-Restricted Eating. I'm doing a modified version of this. One time a week, I will fast for 42 hours - from the end of an evening meal through the next day through to lunch the following day. On all other days, I eat between noon-12:30 (or so) and 7 pm. Now the biggest kink in this is that I am drinking my coffee with half and half and stevia each morning. Some diehard fasters would say, "well then, you're not fasting..." Whatever. The half and half raises neither glucose nor insulin; and I don't believe the stevia has that much of an effect either and my doctor agrees. This is what is working for me as I make my way through this process.
Third - I'm trying to eat good healthy food without losing my shit over what I'm eating. I'm not counting calories at all, but am keeping it to things that aren't processed as much as possible. I'm not freaking when I eat potatoes, but I'm minimizing them and enjoying them.
Fourth - Hubster and I are working hard to de-stress. Hubster had a heart scare that scared the bejeesus out of both of us. I've loved that man for close to 40 years and we are not ready to lose each other. We both have extremely demanding jobs that require long hours and lots of attention. We are learning what the word "delegate" means.
The biggest thing I'm noticing is that there are no huge scale fluctuations - up/down/up/down - with a downward trend. And as I said earlier, I can't help but think that the better sleep is helping with the weight loss.