Cassie, I commend you on your great food choices under difficult circumstances. Wishing you less work and more time to relax.
Hope, I do better with water if I can grab a bottle, too. Congrats on the goals you are achieving.
Your planned menu looks yummy. I'm a squash fan but rarely cook it. I saw your note on the breakfast. Sometimes I make stuff for myself (not for DH) that I know ahead of time will be merely edible because it's convenient or I have stuff in the fridge that needs to be eaten. On a better note: I sometimes use my really supple low carb tortillas in a mini muffin tin to make mini tart shells and fill them with Carb Master dairy blend/fake yogurt. I've also used lemon low fat yogurt as tart filling and that was a real treat.
Libby, a pound net loss may be all I can show tomorrow on the Friday weigh in. I went over in carbs Monday, Tuesday and today. If I eat more than 30 net carbs per day no matter how few calories, how little sat fat, or how much protein I eat, how much water I drink, I don't lose weight. Simple fact: excess blood sugar is stored as fat. Well, I misspoke. Originally I also included "no matter how much I exercise..." That's really not true--I don't have the fortitude to exercise more than 5 days a week and I've exercised only 3 times since last Friday. But everything else I said is true.
Sometimes I get aggravated about that, knowing that if I took meds, I could eat 180g carbs a day like other people, instead of only 25g net carbs after deducting grams of fiber. But then I turn around and see that people are sick, homeless, unemployed, or are struggling in a relationship, etc., and I start recounting my blessings. It's good to remind myself that if I could stick with my goals and lose a pound a week, I'd be proud as a peacock to say a year from now I'm down 52 pounds.
Jenn, shoveling snow is quite a workout! Congrats on maintaining. I agree--it beats the heck out of gaining.
Debbie, glad to read that you're getting better. Don't overdo it on the treadmill. Remember your stamina and strength are diminished from the flu and you don't want to overwork the muscles and get sore. I'm sure you have a good head on your shoulders, just want to say it ahead of time so you give YOURSELF a dispensation where needed.