I started the 17DD on Monday as planned. I was mentally ready. For me, getting my mind in the game is the biggest factor for success. So on Monday I had my food planned and ate just as I should. During the afternoon, I began to feel something akin to hunger. It wasn't a stomach growling, I must eat sort of feeling, just an emptiness in my stomach.
I must say, I sort of liked that feeling. It was not a bad feeling. It made me realize that I'd taken back control when it came to food. I had, too often over the last few days, felt overfull and bloated. I much prefer the lighter feeling. I began to think about how that would make a good blog post but I never could quite articulate it well enough to make a full post of it. I liked it and I was glad.
Yesterday, I planned my food much as I had on Monday. Whn I find something that works for me and I stick with it. This is one of those areas I plan to address, but not right now, :) During the afternoon, I got hungry but not like Monday. I.got.hungry! My stomach was growling loudly. It was embarrassing. I had nothing for a snack at work, so I had to just tough it out. I drank and drank water trying to keep my stomach from being completely empty.
Both of these experiences led me to believe that I really don't know the right amount of food satisfies me. With the hcg, my food was very strictly controlled and the hunger was managed by the hormone. With low carb, I kept nuts around for a little snack here and there. With this plan, I've got to be a little more deliberate. There is nothing I can stash in my desk drawer for those little 'emergencies.'
Today, I have made a few tweaks like adding protein and spreading things out a bit. I'll see how that works and make adjustments as needed. So far, the scales have responded favorably, but I'm not saying until after the full 17 days have elapsed.
Now if I could just get my sinuses and the weather to cooperate, I'll be in fine shape.
2 weeks ago