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Flat Belly Diet: Day 4

November 23, 2011 Food No Comments

Last day of the Flat Belly Diet Jumpstart!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

I am so glad today was the last day of this Jumpstart program! I didn’t sleep most of the night. I was cold all night and otherwise was unsettled. I woke up tired and bagged on my swim workout, opting to do a strength-only workout. This, of course, burns way fewer calories than a cardio workout and I was able to do it all the way through.

I did lose another 1/2 pound and jeans that I wore on Saturday fit more loosely today than then. Win!

Breakfast
1 cup unsweetened corn flakes
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup roasted (unsalted) sunflower seeds
4 oz unsweetened applesauce
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I spread breakfast out over the morning, starting at 9 AM with the corn flakes and finishing with the sunflower seeds just after 10 AM. This tided me over until my 1 PM lunch with no problem. I wasn’t even tempted to eat the kids’ frozen pizza.

Lunch
3 oz tuna mixed with 5 grape tomatoes
1/2 whole wheat pita
1 light string cheese
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This was satisfying, though not very interesting or tasty. I was hungry by the time I ate it, but I wasn’t necessarily hungry for anything more. I think this is because I had done such a light workout today (in contrast to the much more rigorous workouts I had done earlier in the week).

Snack
2 glasses red wine

I caved. And it was WORTH IT.

Dinner
1/2 whole wheat pita
1/4 cup Italian cheese blend
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
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The above dinner is recommended on the ongoing Flat Belly Diet plan, so I haven’t totally strayed from what’s “legal.” I thought I’d have the other half of the pita with more melted cheese, but the half seemed to do the trick. It was different enough from what I’ve been eating all week that it was satisfying.

Day 4 Observations
Interestingly, I wasn’t hungry at snack time or at dinner time. I wanted to eat because I didn’t want to go too long between meals, and pleasantly surprised when the half pita was enough to satisfy me. I plan to have some dark chocolate later, but know I’ll still be within the 1200 calorie range for the day.

The less rigorous workout definitely made a difference today. Or my body is finally getting used to being on fewer calories. One concern I have is that my metabolism will slow down if my body fears it won’t be getting enough food going forward, so I’m glad the restrictive diet is over.

My plan is to eat a normal Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. For me, that isn’t splurging on turkey + 15 side dishes laden with butter and carbs. And then eating all that again 4 hours later. And the next day. And the next. Thanksgiving is one meal. I’ll have a sensible lunch, enjoy my dinner (and some wine), and get on with my life on Friday. I intend to follow the rules of the Flat Belly Diet plan (with increased calorie consumption to account for my activity level) for awhile and see what happens.

Thanks for following along with this somewhat silly side project! Back to [somewhat] regularly scheduled programming next week. We’re vacation-bound!

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