Re: Turning life around, looking for advice.
Congratulations on making changes to be more healthy.
2 lbs. per week is considered a healthy amount to lose. Most likely you lost a lot of fluid weight and now you will start losing fat weight.
Usually when you lose a lot of weight fast it will be gained back in a short time. Better for the body to adjust to the new routine over time.
Your meals should consist of lean meat, green veggies, and small serving of starch.
Breakfast is very important, don't skip. Your body needs nourishment in the morning, it has been fasting all night. At least have a healthy diet drink. You can consume this on the run. Try eating meals about 4 hrs apart. Can go longer between meals if you have a small snack midmorning and midafternoon (combination protein/carbohydrate not more than 15 individual carbs).
When you go without food or too long between eating the liver is overworked compensating for lack of nourishment.
Try to increase exercise to 2X per day.
If your calorie intake is too low, your body will go into starvation mode and not release the extra weight. You may need to increase your calories and increase your exercise to avoid starvation mode. This does not sound right to me, however, that is what the medical profession keeps on telling me. I was also told we need a little fat in each meal in order to lose weight, a teaspoon amount of healthy fat in a meal will work.
Good luck on your weight loss.