I'm not as low in carbs as I know I should be to lose (currently around 30-40 and need to be at <20 from what I've found), but I'm well maintaining what I have lost and I feel great eating this way. I love the food, I feel clear headed and more energetic, I'm not constantly feeling like I'm starving to death, and I'm all around happier. I've found some creative ways to sub stuff and get some variety without eating hundreds of carbs. That being said, I keep vacillating between "Do I really buckle down before Christmas and try to get lower?" and "Meh, I'll keep with what I've got and cut after the holidays." LoL.
My struggles lately have been mostly due to lack of time. I'm hoping that will change and I'll be able to do more weekend prep so I don't have to worry as much during the week about cooking. Since we've been doing 'fast and dirty' we've been using a lot of "low carb" tortillas and high-fiber or sugar free bread to do things like wraps and sandwiches. It's not a ton of carbs but it certainly adds up. Fresh vegetables tend to go bad before I figure out what to do with them so we do mostly frozen but that takes time as well. Microwave steamable veggie bags are a life saver, but they're expensive. I need a microwave steamer.
My morning latte was an interesting thing to figure out. I was using sugary syrup (Torani salted caramel yumms!!) and whole milk. I tried half and half watered down a little, cashew milk, soy milk, and almond milk. I settled on splenda, flavor concentrates (Inawera creme brulee is really good), and 80% unsweetened almond milk and 20% half and half for the milk. It's not exactly the same, but it works and I have come to like it a lot. Except, with the holidays, I've started using "sugar free" pumpkin spice creamer. It's yummy but I'm pretty sure it is sabotaging me.
For the most part, I've been sticking with it. The hardest for me is when I'm with family. I did take a break on Thanksgiving and gave myself permission to eat everything. I hate having to explain to people how I eat and deal with the well-meaning but exhausting: "That's not healthy, you shouldn't do that, you're eating too much fat, etc." speeches. Low-fat, low-cal dieting got me 60 pounds down, and I'm glad, but it also gave me gallbladder issues in the process. I'm not keen to have it removed so I deal with it, but I don't want it to get worse and eating this way has seemed to really help. I don't get attacks as often as I was and when I do they aren't as bad. Far from scientific evidence, but it works for me.
So, I'd say I'm 70% succeeding right now. I'm glad you bumped this thread cuz now I have more motivation to get with the program again.