To Breakfast, Or Not To Breakfast

Let's talk breakfast. I've always been a breakfast eater. Always. It's probably because I'm a morning person & I like to get up, eat, watch TV, check my email, etc. I have lots of friends who forego breakfast for coffee & a cigarette, or coffee & an apple, slice of toast, etc. Coincidentally, these friends are also typically much thinner than I am.

John got me a coffee machine for Christmas this year, so I thought, let's try this. I'll drink coffee instead of eating breakfast. I also rejoined Weight Watchers & started tracking my calories. I immediately lost 10 lbs. Voila! Mystery solved. The secret to weight loss is coffee & not eating breakfast. Or so I thought.....

Fast forward 3 months. Have lost no additional weight in weeks/months. Also, started eating breakfast again, briefly. Gained a few pounds. Cut breakfast back out. Yeah, I know.

I came across this article today & feel like I need to go back to eating breakfast. I can definitely tell a difference between days I eat breakfast & days I don't. On the days I don't, I'm starving by lunch, snack on crap in the afternoon & way overeat at dinner. On the days I do, I snack less & eat less overall. But I also tend to gain a few pounds. See my frustration?

Also, I feel it's important to point out that when I do eat breakfast, I'm eating 1 of 3 things: 1) oatmeal with a little butter & walnuts, sliced almonds, or berries; 2) organic frosted mini wheats with organic lowfat milk; 3) slice of toast with peanut butter. So it's not like I'm eating the freaking sunrise sampler or anything.

Do any of you struggle with this? Any good breakfast ideas? General thoughts/suggestions?

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