Thank you @jmcbn and @ladyshanny for your guiding questions. I will do my best to answer them all.
When I wasn't seeing weight loss results the first year of trying multiple Whole30s (and I did do the perfect template for all three meals back then), I tried merging it with ketogenic strategies ... thus the 8 hour window and the lower carb count. I read something, somewhere, that that was a good way to target the adipose fat stores. I carry most of my weight on my bottom and my legs. I have a fairly small waist and belly. I still made sure to follow the Whole30 template, however, I just stuck to lower carb vegetables. My first meal of the day is usually around 10 am and my last is usually around 5 pm. If I have a 3rd meal, it's usually about 1:30 and much smaller.
For breakfast, I typically have 3 - 4 eggs, pan scrambled in coconut oil, with a side of raw veggies (usually cukes, bell peppers, carrots or spinach. Sometimes I'll have 1/2 an avocado with a small handful of plantain slices.
For supper, it's usually some sort of beef, chicken or fish with a side of cooked veggies or salad. Added fats are either olives or avocado.
If there's a "lunch," it's usually and handful of cashews and carrots or a Larabar or an apple with almond butter. (I see I should keep these more protein and fat than fat and carb or protein and carb.) I like to drink a kombucha in the midday sometimes, too.
As far as hunger and cravings, I really don't have any. The sugar dragon has been slain. Dead and buried. That's why I try and stay on Whole30 most of the time. It's a liberating feeling. The only off-plan things I seem to crave are feta cheese, swiss cheese, and chick peas/garbanzo beans. I never have night cravings and I'm rarely even hungry in the morning. When 10 am rolls around, I am very ready to eat. Sometimes I'll get an afternoon hunger pang, but the "lunch" options above tend to suffice. Sometimes I have to force myself to eat supper. I'm usually not hungry then at all.
I should add that I do drink black coffee. I usually just sip at a cup in the morning and sometimes even forget to have it. It doesn't feel like a necessity to me. Sometimes I have just one cup, sometimes more.
I am 42 years old. I've been overweight for as long as I can remember. I went through a bout of anorexia/bulimia when I was in college and stopped that when I started having hypoglycemic episodes. I lost weight, but not a whole lot. Of course I gained it all back and more.
I was tested for thryoid conditions for years but my TSH was always normal. The psychologist who wanted to prescribe me antidepressants finally tested my full thyroid panel and my Hashimoto's was discovered (appox 1998 or 1999). Synthroid/Cytomel never worked for me, so he added Adderal to "augment" the thyroid meds (I had NO idea what Adderall really was at the time). Needless to say, I was never hungry and lived off of Intajuice and Frappuchinos for a couple years. Lost quite a bit of weight then, too. When I got pregnant, I learned what Adderall really was and got off it for good. I was a mess those first few years and gained a lot of weight between the pregnancies and post-adderall period. I couldn't find a doctor who could properly treat my thyroid condition. Most doctors kept saying it was all in my head. I finally found an endocrinologist who prescribed Armour Thryroid. It was helping, but still far from perfect. When he retired, I found a naturalist who put me on all kinds of supplements and a rigid diet. I eliminated gluten and soy (this was back in 2012). I was starting to feel better, but still not losing any weight and still not feeling perfect. She was completely stumped with why I was not losing weight or feeling better and illegally obtained Cynomel from Mexico to try and jump-start my weight loss and help improve conditions. When I realized her as a cheat and thief, I cut ties with her.
Shortly after my second (and final) child was born, I started having MS symptoms. They never found lesions, but the elevated proteins in my spinal fluid were indicative. They treated me as if I had MS but never had an official diagnosis. The drugs made me feel awful!!! I stopped taking them and researched the holistic route. That's how I ended up at the naturalist (above). When that didn't work, I did more research and decided to take the matter into my own hands. That's when I came across Whole30. I started it in September of 2014. By the end of the month, just about all of my MS symptoms were gone. Most of my Hashimoto's symptoms were vastly improved, as well.
I found a whole-person specialist who was willing and able to continue my Armour prescription (my PCP won't touch it). He is a strong Paleo supporter. He thinks Wole30 is a great idea. When I confessed at my June of 2015 annual check-up that I was feeling great but still not losing much weight, he suggested looking into the ketogenic diet. I don't think I incorporarted that until September of 2015, though. When I still hadn't lost anything at my June of 2016 annual check-up, he did a "Wheat Zoomer" test on me and found that I had abnormal amounts of wheat proteins in my blood stream. He "diagnosed" me with leaky gut syndrom and said to lay off the gluten and wheat for life. He said that should heal up my digestive system and I should be able to start lsoing weight. The funny thing is, I already had been completely since January of 2012. But I wasn't perfectly careful. Sometimes I'd take a burger off the bun or croutons off the salad, or a tiny bite of communion bread or eggs grilled in the same pan as pancakes. Come to find out Armor Thyroid has traces of Gluten in it!!! So he switched me to NatureThroid which is guaranteed gluten free. I have been much more careful about avoiding wheat/gluten since June. I still haven't lost any weight. I'm so baffled!!!
As far as sleep, I always sleep great and feel very refreshed in the morning. I don't nod off or take naps during the day and I feel tired and ready for bed by 9 pm. I get up around 5 or 530 in the morning without a a problem.
I get the comparison thing. I know it has more to do with me wondering why it seems so simple for others and difficult for me. The hardest has been watching my husband shed weight (when he really didn't even need to in the first place) but his NSVs are much milder than mine and I'll take my NSVs over his any day. I know I shouldn't get hung up on numbers on a scale (and I really try hard not to). Maybe something else that triggered all of this is that I'm traveling to Japan in a couple weeks for my brother's wedding and I would love to just be able to find a cute simple dress and pack light, simple, fun clothes and not have to shop bulky plus sizes. I just don't feel like my "outards" match my "innards." I feels like I've tried everything!! It seems like the ONLY thing that shrank on me is my face, my neck & most sadly, my chest (which makes me look even more "unbalanced" than ever before. It looks like I melted from the top down and all the dripping fat molded to my bottom half. I went from hourglass-shaped to iceberg-shaped. :'(
What I DON'T do is intense workouts. When I run, it's about a mile in 20 minutes. I walk briskly. I try and jump on my rebounder for at least 15 minutes per day to get my heart rate up and shake out my lymphatic system. I run up and down the stairs to get my 10 floors by the end of the day. I don't lift weights but I do muscular jobs around the house just fine. I stretch in the morning to get the day started. I ride bikes around town with my son. I walk my kids to school and back and I get my 10,000+ steps every day no matter what. But I've never consider any of it to need "post-workout" snacks or food and I never feel drained my any of it, only exhilarated.
I know it's kind of a mish-mash of responses, but I hope I've addressed everything you've asked. Thank you both for helping me try to get to the bottom of this. I am willing to do anything and everything I need to (and I always have). I thank you for your time!