I'm trying once again to go on Dr. Joel Fuhrman's "Eat to Live" program. I didn't last too long on it before, but I really am convinced that it is the best plan for me at this stage. I was able to lose weight before on a less restrictive regime, but that's because I was running regularly, and I'm not ready to commit to that level of exercise again yet. Also, I had a lot less to lose before.
So I'm basically supposed to be eating unlimited vegetables (especially green leafy ones), fruits, and beans, and not much else. This weekend I survived going to Ren Faire with obadiah and boyziggy and to purchasemonkey's birthday party without cheating, so I'm off to a good start. I just have to do better shopping and planning to make sure I have enough healthy food at work and in the house at all times.
My goal is to lose about 40 pounds, which if I lose 2 pounds a week, I should be able to accomplish by my next birthday. This should be doable if I start exercising moderately again and stick to the diet pretty strictly. Even losing a pound a week means eliminating 500 calories a day, though, so I won't torture myself if I can't accomplish my goal that quickly. I just want to feel good about myself again.