1) Mixed Berry Cereal
2) Cinnamon Pretzels
3) Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
4) Parmesan cheese puffs
5) Chocolate Brownie
Lean) Wendy's Spicy Chicken Ceasar Salad - no cheese, no croutons, minimal dressing.
Now, here's what I thought about them:
1) Mixed Berry Cereal: I thought I would try to eat this plain, like a snack, without milk. Horrible decision. The cereal left a taste in my mouth like a nasty multivitamin. So gross. William seemed to like it though.
2) Cinnamon Pretzels: Similar. Okay first taste. Kinda puffy, airy. Weird aftertaste but not as bad as the cereal.
3) Chicken and Wild Rice Soup: Pretty good, actually. I read that it's good to let the mix soak in the water before putting it in the microwave. So I did that. I was worried it would be gross too but it was good. It got worse the cooler it got but I added a little pepper and made it through. That was my sister's favorite so I trust her :)
4) Parmesan Cheese Puffs: EWWW!!! I know I have to eat this whole bag so I'm trying to chew them as far back on my molars as possible. I need to grab some more water. I'm not a Powerade drinker but Powerade Zero is on the plan and if it will help wash away this NASTY taste then I'm all for it.
5) Chocolate Brownie: Meh. It wasn't terrible. It wasn't great either. It took me a while to eat the whole thing.
Lean) Wendy's Spicy Chicken Ceasar Salad: Nice and spicy. Great lettuce. I put on barely any dressing. I could barely tell it was there at all. The tomatoes were good but William wanted them so he got most of them. I was nice having "real" food. I told Tyson I will probably be eating out for my lean meal until I get the hang of this new way of cooking. Then I will make lean-and-green meals for dinner for the whole family, not just me.
I've been looking on Pinterest for ideas for these lean-and-green meals. Looks like I'm going to be BFF with cauliflower if I ever want a rice or mashed potato substitute. We already eat mostly chicken so that's easy. Incorporating more greens is going to be a bigger challenge. I used to buy bagged salad but then I'd never eat it. Maybe I should bake up a ton of chicken breast, cut it into strips, and then add it to salad every day with other veggies and some dressing. I thought I could have no cheese but I can have some Laughing Cow.
My coach, Alice, gave me this outline for the first week:
Day 1: pretty easy - no big deal
Days 2-3: slight headache, tiredness, some hunger (drink some Powerade Zero... that seems to help!)
Days 3 or 4: (body is starting to physiologically change - to transition to fat burn!!) so... cravings are really revving up, feeling extra hungry and you want your carbs. This is the point where you need to really push through it -You are just about there.
Day 4-5: Welcome to fat burn! reduced hunger, no cravings, and more energy!
I think this little outline is going to be extremely helpful when Wednesday rolls around. Today has been alright. I have to finish these icky Parmesan bites and the chocolate brownie. I feel like I'm eating all the time. I need to be better about spacing my meals. The food I have to start with is all the stuff my sister didn't take with her. So she either didn't like it or just had extra. They also have meal bars that are tasty but I don't have any of those yet. This is good to try out new stuff but scary since I don't have other options if I don't like it.
Anyways, I'm going to take a "Before" picture in the morning since I forgot to do one today. I also need to get a kitchen scale and a regular person scale.
I'm tired. I'm thirsty even though I've been drinking a ton of water. The next few days are going to be interesting. Is it Friday yet?