Followed my food plan exactly, despite a fairly severe obstacle: Hungry Day.
I think I coined the term. Maybe not. Anyway… Hungry Day happens to me about once every couple of weeks when I am being religious about following my food plan. It’s a day when I am hungry, so hungry, and no matter what I eat I can’t shake it. By noon today I had eaten my breakfast (malt-o-meal with blueberries and brown sugar), a tupperware container full of broccoli leftover from last night’s dinner (probably 2 cups worth), a package of raspberries, a ziploc sandwich-bag-full of strawberries, and my lunch entree. Still hungry. Used the Hot Drink Trick. Still hungry. Ate a papaya (I like it with lemon squeezed into the seed hollow). Still hungry. Then I went to the gym, despite the hunger.
Strangely, a good hard workout often helps to control my appetite, and today it did the trick. I was much less hungry after running a couple of miles on the treadmill.
Hungry day is bearable because I know it only lasts a day, and usually I see a loss the next day on the scale. It’s weird because I can feel that my stomach is full, but I’m still getting the hunger signals. I do everything I can do on Hungry Day to eat as much as possible of the foods that are supportive to my goals – fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and don’t worry too much about the calories. It’s hard to go over my maintenance number on those foods anyway, and at the end of the week, it all averages out ok. The really frustrating part is getting hunger signals when I know I’ve eaten enough. Sometimes you just have to acknowledge the signals and carry on anyway.