You know, it's a good thing I'm not doing this for fun.
Cause it's not. Not at all fun. I suppose I've derived some minor joy out of creating interesting tasty food within a new set of rules - I always enjoy that.
Last night, I wanted to throw my TV out the window. The thrice-damned fast food commercials just about killed me. Finally I began muting them and pointedly looking away to read a book during the commercials. As you might surmise, since you are reading this post, I lived, and the TV also remained intact.
But now, on Day 2, I have a pounding, blinding headache. I am flaky - when I made my daughter's breakfast this morning I put the milk in the pantry and the cereal in the fridge. People have to repeat things to me twice to allow me time to comprehend the meaning.
However, I am confident that this will pass. I spent hours on the Body Recomposition site and forum, and ascertained all of these things are normal. (Cool, I'm normal!). It is my body beginning ketosis, that elusive fat burning state that I yearn to be in.
I made a couple of changes today. I had a couple of diet soda pops, which have not crossed my lips in more than 6 months. They were somehow more satiating than the water I have been drinking, the caffeine gave me a little boost, and the bubbly drinks soothed the savage beast of my sweet tooth. Next, I broke the day up into 4 meals instead of three. I didn't have the same gnawing hunger I had yesterday.
I tried to remain creative with the food.
This morning I made an omelet with egg whites, low fat cheddar and steamed broccoli. It was a nice looking omelet so I took a picture of it.
Since I was babysitting today, I packed a cooler for lunch. I tossed grilled chicken breast with steamed green and yellow beans, sea salt and Mrs. Dash. I made a big serving and divided it into two meals.
I ended up leaving babysitting early because my poor daughter re-injured her fractured arm and had to get it re-casted. That is when I enjoyed my Diet Dr. Pepper, while we were waiting. There were donuts and all sorts of stuff, but the soda pop kept me on the straight and narrow. A little RFL victory today.
Finally, supper was kind of a masterpiece. I made a version of chicken cop suey. I used the ever-present grilled chicken, sliced thin, a bag of coleslaw mix (that way I did not have to chop up the cabbage) and a big handful of bean sprouts. I seasoned the whole thing with soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and ginger powder. It tasted pretty close to the stuff you might get at a Chinese take out place. Note the steam coming off it in the photo!
The neatest thing about this plan, is that when you order the book, there is an online calculator you can access. You plug in your numbers, and it spits out the answers. It tells you how many grams of protein you need, how to divide it up over X number of meals, and what supplements are necessary to keep you healthy. So when I decided to switch from 3 meals a day to 4, I changed my info on the calculator and everything was changed for me in the blink of an eye. Because there are so many variables that affect these numbers, it's really nice to have the online calculator to do it for you.
This isn't the easiest diet I've ever stuck to, by any stretch, but it's the simplest to use. Let me clarify that. It's not easy because it's restrictive and you are darned hungry. It's simple because there are basic rules to follow. There is no gray area to confuse you.. The numbers are provided for you, totally customized. You just have to read it, shore up your determination, and do it.
I was a half pound lighter on the scale this morning. That sure brought a smile to my face! Seeing results like that will get me through the tough spots.
I expect to feel better tomorrow, and every day as time goes on. As my body gets used to this, I will adjust and learn to handle it better.
The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook., by Lyle McDonald.
Tomorrow is a long day babysitting so I will need to take 3 meals with me. I'll do some pondering over breakfast while I decide what to bring. I will be back tomorrow to post cool stuff about this experience.