8:00 Alarm, wake up. Â I’m a little nervous going in to this that it will be harder than I anticipate. Â I’m already concerned about breakfast, since I haven’t precooked anything, have no veggies chopped, and no meals prepared. Â Mental note to make my cheat day the same as grocery day and batch cook day, so that I dont have these worries in the future.
8:05 Up, out of bed.
8:15 Weigh in and measurements, pictures.
I”ve opted not to post the first picture in the post, but instead as a link. Â It’s there, but I’m not forcing you to click on it. Â [Week 1]
8:30 Coffee with 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon. Â NEVER again. Â Taste was awful, upset my stomach. Â Will stick to black from now on, or with a little cream. Â Glass of grapefruit juice follows, which isn’t helping my stomach at all. Â Also, I’m burping cinnamon now, which is an awful taste. Â Has anyone ever seen the cinnamon challenge videos? Â I feel almost like that. Â Ok, maybe not quite that extreme. Â I won’t link to the videos here since I can’t find a “clean” one, but head on over to YouTube and have a look, if you are interested.
9:30 Chicken breast and spinach with balsamic vinegar and cracked peppercorns. Â Feel rather full after, but my stomach still isn’t quite settled from cinna-coffee. Â What an awful idea that was.
12:45 Lunch! Â Spinach salad with carrots and broccoli, wholechicken breast. Â I sprinkled it with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, cracked peppercorns, red wine vinegar. Â I’m actually struggling to finish this. I think my eyes were bigger than my stomach on this one. Â Is that actually possible? Â I ended up saving 4 chunks of chicken and a little spinach for leftovers. Â Maybe if I have a mid afternoon or evening hunger.
I’m keeping a 20oz glass of ice water on my desk at all times, with the goal of staying hydrated. Â Every time I focus on the glass, I force myself to take a sip, even if I’m not thirsty. Â I’m used to drinking a LOT of sweetened tea and soda, so I need this exercise in getting real actual water into my system.
Aaron (my room mate) has lots of questions as to the cans and can’ts of the diet. Â Specifically, morning coffee. Â Can we have cream? Â I just checked the label on my CoffeeMate creamer, and it is lactose free, non dairy, so I can continue to use it. Â This is good news, especially after the coffee and cinnamon debacle of this morning. Â In reading one of Tim’s blog posts, I discovered that I COMPLETELY messed up on the cinnamon. Â He advises NO MORE THAN 1.5tsp per day, and there was a typo in the book that read 1tbsp. Â Since I used the 1tbsp, this is probably why I had such counteractive results. Â I thought it seemed like too much, but I’m not an expert. Â Perhaps I’ll skip the cinnamon tomorrow and try it again on Wednesday.
18:30 Dinner time. Â Chicken and chili bean stuffed peppers! Â One of my favorite dishes. Â Had a glass of water with dinner. Â Had some spinach as well, with more than a dash of balsamic vinegar. Â Bad pour on my part. Â I’ve noticed that I seem to be taking more time to actually consume my meals. Â I predominantly eat at my desk while working, or surfing, and with both lunch and dinner today it almost felt like a stuggle to finish (though much more with lunch, since I didn’t Â actually finish).
19:00 Coffee, black. Â I don’t normally drink black coffee, but I think I could grow to enjoy it. Â I remember when I was in college, there was a couple that was very much in to their coffee. Â They preached that the ONLY acceptable way to drink coffee was black. Â Maybe they were on to something.
Thoughts for Day 1: This isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Â I already know that I’m making a big batch of chili later this week, which is one of my specialties. Â I felt full throughout most of the day. Â The only time I really felt “hungry” was at about 22:00, but by that point I was so close to bed that I pushed it off. Â I am going to need to find something “sweet” to placate myself in the near future, for evening snacks…
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