So far, I am feeling well and not going hungry by any means (though I do try and stop eating before it gets too late, which will result in a hunger pang if I stay up too late!). The scale has moved down about 2 pounds or so. It's hard to really know as I am actively doing strength training as well as cardio, which can confuse the scale.
My big answer will be in the first or second week of October. I have an 8 week training period that ends then, and I'll have another body fat percentage check with the trainer. It was at 36% initially (about 3 weeks ago). Livestrong.com says, "A healthy body fat percentage for an adult woman is between 14 and 31 percent" so I have a ways to go! I am worrying less about the scale and really thinking about what I eat and how I exercise.
Only complaint with E2L right now is regarding the fiber! I am following the plan and working out daily, but my tummy is like a blaoted drum! I have done the requisite Googling and it seems that the initial increase in fiber can take some adjusting. I hope it settles down soon!
Here's last night's dessert- it was super delicious! I chopped up a Pink Lady apple and topped it with crumbled Banana Oat Bars (recipe follows). On top of that I put some homemade banana soft serve (banana and unsweetened almond milk processed and frozen). A sprinkle of cinnamon finished this off! So good and perfectly within the eating plan!!
Yummy Banana Oat Bars
- 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup raisins or chopped dates
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
- 3/4 cup finely chopped apple
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Press into a 9-by-9-inch baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, cut into squares or bars.