Several people have asked me lately how I am doing this diet and if it was hard to get started. Yes, it was very hard. Very hard. Hard to get out of the rut of comforting, fatty, high cal, high carb foods that I had been in. Hard to be logging all that I ate and facing the harsh realities of just why I had gained so much. Hard to not have a snack whenever I wanted. Hard to be hungry ALL THE DAMN TIME.
That was by far the hardest part. I was hungry every minute of every day for like a month. I would eat a meal or a snack and still be hungry. I remember one time eating lunch and then almost crying because I was still starving. (Yep, I am a hungry cryer. Or sometimes “hangry” lol.)
Finally, I started to get used to it. And I just recently realized I was not so hungry anymore, even at mealtimes. I backed off on the protein at lunch time and began to load up more on veggies.
For the last several days, I have been getting some sort of exercise every day. Yesterday and today, I found myself very hungry again. Today I snacked a lot more than normal. Now I am thinking maybe I should put that protein back in at lunch – although I even had a Greek yogurt for breakfast today which I don’t normally have. So now I am confused.
On a side note, I can’t believe I have been working out this much! I think what motivated me was that I have been on the dreaded “plateau” and I am 5 measly pounds away from that 9 month pregnant weight that has been my first goal. It is not my ultimate goal, but it is a marker that I want to pass – and soon!
I could afford to do some cleanup in my diet. I eat more sugar than I should, i definitely drink way too much Diet Coke, and I could probably tweak some other aspects. But, I am ultimately trying to form a healthy lifestyle here, not a strict diet. I want something that is realistic that I can actually see myself sticking to – and let’s face it, I am not giving up everything! Moderation.
Keeping an open mind, learning as I go, and adjusting what needs to be adjusted. That is realistic for me.
Now to figure out how to curb this hunger again.