Hi Shari, nice to meet you. Congratulations on keeping such an impressive amount of weight off for so long. That's quite an accomplishment.
I started ADF in March, and have had good success with it, losing some weight, and feeling my issues with food changing/coming under control. This thread has slowed down a little. I think those who are having success with it, just don't have much to chat about (I ate, then I didn't) . But it is fun to share our successes and get some feedback on our challenges.
This weekend I'll be heading out for a retreat with friends. My last one was pre-ADF, and I went a little off the rails. I've worked out a strategy, and am hoping it pulls me through.
R- Arrival day. Regular Down Day. Drink cafe au laits and hold off on dinner as long as I can. Bring smoked salmon and a low-carb/low-calorie chocolate dessert, so I feel like I am having a 'treat'.
F- Up Day, have whatever I like, but keep it primal low-carb. I'm bringing plenty of good stuff so that I am not tempted by what the other ladies are bringing.
S- Down Day. We usually go out for drinks and dinner this day. Drink cafe au laits all day. Try for one margarita and a low-carb dinner, but if I eat something else, don't wig out. Have another 'dessert' on hand.
U- Leaving in the afternoon. Up Day. Stick with an all-protein day (can I hear 'lox'!) to help mitigate any effects from Saturday.
M- Have an all-liquid Down Day for recovery. Cafe au laits, probiotic drink, electrolyte water(water, salt, lemon), maybe a green smoothie.