I was starting to feel depressed about this losing weight thing because I didn't feel like I was making much progress. Until today when I tried on my jeans, my comfy jeans from before I was pregnant, and I can do them up, and zip, with out even sucking in! They still feel too tight compared to how they used to fit, but two months ago the buttons had a 5 inch gap that I could not close because of the belly in the way. Maybe in another month or two I'll fit into my skinny jeans. I'd guess I'm an 8 now, still a ways to go to get back to 4.
I'm thinking about your questions, Becca gave me a tricky one, I"ll post when I have something.
In the meantime, here is a link to one of my favorite ways to serve vegetables, year round but especially in the summer. Roast them.