|I thought I was prepared... HA!|
I approached it strategically, much like I do everything else to be honest. I wrote a spreadsheet (or three), I visited multiple grocery stores stocking up on my essentials. I read and re-read the program instructions and guidelines. I researched the books; curated recipes from everyone (thanks, guys!) and everywhere (Pinterest) I could find. And yet, I was unprepared for the reality that is Day 1. Let me tell you why.
- I got overconfident with my meal plan - I made the crucial mistake of assuming just because I wrote a meal plan for the month (and I did!) that everything would magically fall into place. I did some meal prep, but I guess I expected to just remember to put together the next day's meals when I got home at night. Let me tell you, that is not how it went. I fortunately had prepared a compliant dinner the night before, so that was packed up to take to work, but breakfast was completely missed thanks to my lack of preparation.
- I was unprepared for hiccups (and my long days) - Admittedly, if my day had worked out how it was supposed to, it wouldn't have been as hard. But I work in a job where things (such as offsite meetings that take up a half day) can crop up at a moment's notice and I have to be flexible. Being compliant and flexible was not my cup of tea. My coworkers can testify. No, I couldn't eat anything that was served at the meeting. And, no, I couldn't bring my packed lunch with me. But what I could've gone is had an "emergency stash" like a bag of nuts and veggies or a Larabar. In all honesty, even if I hadn't had the unexpected meeting, these things still would've been fantastic to have because it somehow slipped my mind that I had class until nine o'clock tonight and I was starving. Apparently the only compliant thing that they sell on college campuses these days is fruit cups. Fruit cups are awesome. But not every day and not as a meal. Gah, so grumpy.
- I had forgotten what "hungry" felt like - I was completely unprepared for feeling hungry. Weird, I know. Oh, I know I've thought I was hungry. But actually being hungry (not just wanting to eat) is a sensation that is pretty much foreign to my stomach and my willpower.
So Day 1. Oh, Day 1. It was hard. I got through thanks to the encouragement from friends who've done it already, so I knew they knew what they were talking about. I still am "hungry". I really want a cookie. And a McDonald's breakfast sandwich. And that right there is why I need to stick with this. Even if it's just a one-time (err, one month) exercise to teach myself a lesson.