I'm not too fond of brown rice, either, Lucynda. I love white rice and wild rice but the texture of brown rice is off-putting to me. No matter how long I cook it, it's like undercooked white rice in texture. I'm going to start eating other types of rice besides white rice since I think they'll be healthier for me. I recently got two different mixes--one that is wild rice and long grain white rice, and another that is brown rice and quinoa. I haven't prepared quinoa by itself before but I'd like to start buying it. I've had quinoa at One Fresh Stir Fry and I really like it.
Right now, the high points of my dieting are:
a) I've lost 22.6 pounds and haven't had a single week where I've gained weight or stayed the same,
b) I've actually come to enjoy exercising. I couldn't walk for a few days when my bronchitis was at its worst and I really missed it so I was so happy when I got better and could go again,
c) I've been cooking more meals at home since it's easier to count calories, carbs, etc if I know exactly went into my food. That's saved me money I had been spending on fast food and I've enjoyed food prepared to my own tastes.
The lows are:
a) it's hard to be spontaneous because what I eat for an unplanned lunch outing could affect what I'll be having later for supper, snacks, etc, or force me to up my exercise for the day,
b) I've started getting hungry between meals, despite working snacks into the day and drinking water. I have to remind myself that feeling hungry is normal and a good sign that I'm not overeating. I just have to focus my attention elsewhere until it's time to eat again and try to work filling foods into my diet plan or shuffle around what I eat when if I always seem to get hungry around the same time of day,
c) I find myself eating the same thing day after day because it's easier to count and because since I eat so little, it's hard to eat up foods so one package of lunchmeat could take me all week to eat in the amounts I'm limited to each serving. I've started breaking up packages into smaller servings and freezing part of it if necessary so I don't have to eat the same thing every day for lunch to finish it up before it goes bad. I also push myself to eat different things once in a while to keep from getting bored, even if I just change up the order of my meals. One day, I had the hamburger I had been planning on having for lunch for breakfast instead and had cereal for supper. Just a little change helps keep things interesting.