All good questions... and worthy of a closer look.
Losing 20 lbs more mainly because that was my original weight when I was at my most "FIT". I was a fire performer and dancer, and that was my "lean" weight. I got into a motorcycle accident a few years ago and gained about 40 lbs... never lost it.
My 30 day challenge was in October, and I continued on the diet since then. (Except during the holidays when I allowed myself some cheats) The holidays are over however, and I've since gone back on a pretty strict diet.
Dinners consist of Lean meats and Veggies... basically. For example, Dinner last night was mushrooms, broccoli, onions, and spinach, stir fried in organic garlic olive oil. With Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon that I get at the local market.
Lunches are usually about the same... only smaller portioned. (some protien, chicken, salmon, sardines, or pasture raised steak with a small side of veggies.. usually spinach)
I tend to drink 1 or 2 cups of black coffee a day, and my breakfasts consist of 2 eggs, scrambled with fresh local veggies ... sometimes with no nitrate bacon, sometimes with chicken, etc. Other Things I'll eat for breakfast, or for snacks are blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and 1 to 2 small handfulls of mixed nuts per day. The mixed nuts are raw pecans, walnuts, almonds, and macadamia.
I don't eat much dried fruit... I have consistent fats, and I take barlenes omega supplements on top of eating fish.
I do drink milk from Strauss Farms... either their whole, or heavy whipping cream on occasion, but usually in small amounts. (That stuff is expensive)
The only thing I can think of that I'm doing differently is I've actually cut back the amount of food I was eating back during the challenge. I was consistently hungry during my 30 days. Lately.. I just eat regular meals, smaller portions, and I get full a lot faster so I find I'm not eating as much. I don't want to stuff myself and usually eat until I find the natural "pause" ... (where you could eat more but you put the fork down for a bit to rest)
I drink plenty of water as well.
Exercise.... I am sedentary lately... I will be adding exercise in again.
I guess my main worry is... am I eating too little? or Too much? Too many fruits? Or is it just time to get off my ass and move a little more. smile
What worked for you guys?