South Beach Diet – Day 7 and 8

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…!

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