I got tough yesterday -- no alcohol or chocolate (sugar-free or otherwise), two meals of grassfed beef and coffee, and one moderate glass of well-aged raw-milk kefir augmented with an ounce of coconut oil -- and i'm down a quarter of a pound, after several days of stagnation.
I'm still five pounds from my immediate goal, which is 140#, just inside the "normal weight" boundary for my height. When i reach it, i'll probably try only to maintain this weight until after the holidays, at which point i'll make another push to reach a final goal of 135. I'm toying with the opinion that MAINTAINING a certain weight for an unspecified time is the best way to get your body to defend THAT "setpoint" -- even though i don't believe in setpoints as they're usually defined.
All the low-hanging fruit is plucked, kids! It's becoming harder all the time to make any progress; i feel like i've accomplished something when i make the measly quarter-pound progress i have, this week! To get to my goal i'm going to have to be even more disciplined about the fine details, and i will regretfully give up my wine-bibbing habits. DAMN! Some days, it feels like the cabernet is what keeps me sane!
Well, now that the weather has moderated i'll find it easier to walk the dog in the late afternoon (my favorite time to do it), so that will contribute to the stress-relief the wine customarily accomplishes. I also find that tea-drinking provides a similar "relaxing stimulation" so i'll be doing more of that, too. Twilight-time with a cuppa (decaffeinated), nut bread, butter and coconut cream ... i think i can live with that.