My total weight loss from my highest weight five years ago is 24.4 lbs. It is a real victory that I haven't regained everything. I'm leaving my ultimate goal weight open. I want weight loss to be a natural part of my life. I think it will be with the Granny Plan.
I think I'll set some mini goals though. Like getting to my pre-op weight, which was 219. And getting below 200. I think I'll give myself little rewards as well. Or I might just give myself an reward every time I lose 10 pounds. I'm not sure. I'll let it roll around in my mind a while.
Now, about water - it is almost the only thing I drink. Obviously, I have cut out sugar. I've also cut out artificial sweeteners. I am almost to the point that I think sugar is better than the artificial sweeteners, just almost. Right now, I'm allowing myself honey or stevia.
I have found some stevia sweetened flavorings at Publix called Everly. I really like them. They are nice mild flavors. Not overly sweet like Crystal Light or Mio can be, IMO. But I miss my tea.
I like honey in hot tea but not in iced tea. I've tried several brands of stevia, but I haven't found one that I truly like. That stuff isn't cheap so I don't want to buy it if I don't love it. I discovered that I like agave nectar enough to pay the price for it but then I learned that it is really no better than sugar as far as spiking blood sugar is concerned.
A couple of years ago, we grew some stevia in the garden. I brewed those leaves with my tea. I enjoyed that. It took about a cup of leaves per pitcher and just gave it a mild sweetness. So, of course, that only works in the summer.
I'm searching for a nice chemical free way to sweeten my tea. Any suggestions?