Monday was Day 2 of the Flat Belly Diet Jumpstart.
I didn’t wake up any more or less hungry than normal on Monday. I don’t weigh myself on a regular basis, but decided I would for this project and found that I had dropped a little over a pound from the day before. I’m sure that there are a lot of factors playing into that, but at least the number didn’t go UP!
1 cup unsweetened corn flakes
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup roasted (unsalted) sunflower seeds
4 oz unsweetened applesauce
I ate breakfast at 9 AM and it wasn’t nearly as filling as the Cream of Wheat had been. I was out of the house for a couple of hours between breakfast and lunch, otherwise I think I would have been looking around for food mid-morning. I’m not sure if this was because of habit or because this breakfast wasn’t satisfying.
4 oz deli turkey
1 pint fresh grape tomatoes
1 light string cheese
I had about 1/2 cup of the grape tomatoes and supplemented with 1/4 cup of last night’s grilled squash as my vegetable. I don’t love grape tomatoes. I ate lunch at 1 PM and was really hungry by the time I sat down to it — I had done a light strength workout and hard bike ride after breakfast. Anticipating this, I brought a second string cheese and had it about 30 minutes after my lunch when I knew I was still actually hungry. This tided me over until my snack.
Smoothie: 1 cup skim milk + 1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries + 1 T cold-pressed flaxseed oil (stirred in after blended)
I was ready for this snack by the time I ate it just after 4 PM. This seemed to be more filling than yesterday’s smoothie, even without the sunflower seeds to chew. I was leery of the oil, but it didn’t ruin the flavor.
4 oz grilled tilapia, drizzled with 1 tsp olive oil
1 cup steamed green beans + mushrooms
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
I had a heaping one cup of vegetables, feeling hungry leading up to dinner. I don’t think I had enough calories to replace what I burned on the bike ride. The meal was satisfying and tasty, though a bit blah. Again, I probably would have added a sauce if I were cooking it on my own. I added fresh lemon juice and that helped.
Day 2 Observations
I really wanted wine today. I had a friend over for dinner and it seemed strange that we weren’t chatting over cheese & crackers and a bottle of wine at 5 PM. It’s another “habit” that would have added at least 500 extra calories to my day and I’m glad I didn’t give in. I did have one of the TJ’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter cups after dinner. Since dark chocolate and PB are both “approved” items on the diet, I cheated splurged.
With the rigorous workout today, I think it was pretty clear that did not have enough calories. My Garmin indicated that I burned 1145 calories on my bike ride. I started to get a headache and was very irritable and was glad I had thought ahead to bring an additional “approved” lunch item. I am concerned about the cumulative effect of four days on this regimen, given that I am very active. While 1200 calories might be sustainable for a less active lifestyle, I am struggling.