A few interesting points to consider:
- I have stopped buying lowfat/no-fat ingredients. Since starting this quest in February I have used only real butter, real sour cream, real yogurt and full fat cheese. I also stopped buying skim milk and started using 2%. Cream and buttermilk are now kept in my refrigerator as every day ingredients.
- I have not started any formal exercise routine. Any "new" exercise is in the form of walking more and working by hand more.
- We eat out just about the same amount as we did before.
- I have baked and eaten more bread, cookies and other baked goods since I started, but they have been almost exclusively homemade (by myself or someone else).
- My consumption of packaged convenience food has dropped dramatically.
- Since I'm buying locally raised fruits and veggies in season, they taste better and, therefore, I eat more of them.
Why, then, do I think I've lost weight when everyone is probably thinking I should have gained weight? Well, the extra exercise is certainly part of it. I also have been drinking a lot more water. The biggest thing, though, is that the homemade food is so much yummier that eating is a more complete experience. It's not something I do mindlessly to get to the next activity. The real ingredients are also more satisfying, so I don't feel like I need a second helping to reach satiation.
I don't have a current picture, but if the weight loss continues, as I expect it will as I keep adding even more physical activity and summer fruits and veggies become available, I'll add some progress pictures.