Cliff lost five pounds this past week! Woooo hooooo!!!! He's now 246. (He was 277 in December when we started this.) And I didn't do so bad either. I lost three pounds, which puts me at 163 1/2 pounds now; I started at 188.
Every once in a while someone will ask what sort of diet we're on. It's a combination of portion control and lower-fat foods. No food is off-limits to us, so if I have a craving for Mexican food, we go to our favorite Mexican place and split one meal between the two of us. And I've noticed we leave the place quite satisfied. I've also learned to order water instead of tea or cola, and we save a fortune when we eat out: one meal instead of two, and no charge for my drink.
All week long, I try to stick to relatively low-fat recipes and meals, still using portion control. On weekends I often cook for company at least one meal, and often two; and that's usually high-fat, high-carb farm-style cooking. I remind Cliff ahead of time that he'll be on his own, and he's been doing great at stopping with one serving. But if he weakens, I do my best to keep my mouth shut about it.
There is one food I personally am avoiding because it is such a huge weakness of mine. My favorite place to have lunch is Pizza Hut, when they have the all-you-can-eat buffet. I've promised myself not to do buffets any more, unless I'm with a group, and have no choice... in which case I'll limit myself to one plate. I think I'll have a personal pan pizza before too long, when the craving for pizza gets so strong I can't resist it. In other words, I plan ahead, because I know my own weaknesses.
I aim for eight glasses of water a day, but I don't always make it. We still take our half-hour walk in the pasture together. My recently-acquired dog, Sadie, gets me out of my computer chair and outside, too. She burns energy, I burn calories.
Cliff and I agree, we can do this forever.