Pain. I'm officially in the difficult stage, and I think I know why.
I had the luxury of a day off on Friday. That and a weekend, with plenty of running around with my wife and activities. That means temptations, and I had a ton of them. It's not that I'm hungry as much as I'm craving. Craving foods I can't have. Really frustrating.
I was at the grocery store and longing at everything I couldn't eat. Getting sick of eggs, chicken, and salad, the staples of Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet plan. Lasagna, even the prepackaged frozen kind looked amazing. Pizza, oh yea. Pasta — you name it, from penne to linguini to ravioli to regular spaghetti. Ya, I'm craving big time, and planning Phase 2 whole grain varieties I'll be able to eat again.
But until then this part has sucked, I think it's honestly because of having more free time and temptation, and another realization that it's much easier to get through a phase 1 day when it's part of your regular (planned) routine. Work, scheduled. Eating time – planned. But not now, not on this weekend #2 that I'm in on Phase 1. Even low glycemic index foods don't matter yet (those come on Friday, when I get to phase 2 status).
I'm not going to sugar coat it. Ya, eat regularly. Snack. Blah blah. I'm not hungry but I am craving. Found several sugar free substitutes I'm trying tonight for a little treat. Small reward – but I'm a car wreck of cravings today — but I didn't cheat at least…!