At the end of day three, I'm already getting really bored with the diet. It's mostly the same thing each and every meal; the only variance is that I get to have some meat at lunch and dinner in addition to my protein shake. I've been mixing that up, at least; I've had chicken, beef, and salmon so far. I started weightlifting with my trainer today, and we're going to ratchet up the difficulty on Friday to see what I can do.
My problem so far is that I'm fairly hungry all the time. Long-term that won't be as much of a problem as my calorie limits increase, but this first week is all about resetting my metabolism, and I'm supposed to have around 1,600 calories a day, which isn't much at all for a tall, fairly healthy adult male. Since I'm burning close to half that in my workouts, my energy levels are fairly low, but again, a lot of this all should change in the next week or two.
I cheated a little tonight, but not too badly. I had some beef that was marinated in a mystery sauce that was likely not diet-approved. But, I didn't eat the vegetables, noodles, or drink anything but water. So, I can celebrate the little victories while chastizing myself for the little failures. It was a calculated cheating, not a spur-of-the-moment lapse in judgement. I just got back from a first date (!), so I didn't want to be too obnoxious about the diet plan. "First date" as in first date ever, actually, in case you're keeping track. (I was never one to jump into things unprepared. I've just been planning all this time, you see...) I was pretty nervous going in, but it was fine once we got started. Okay, nervous may be a nice way to put it—I haven't been able to focus on a thing all week. I was late, too, which always leaves a nice impression: I sure thought that 70 minutes would be plenty of time to get from Redmond to Seattle around dinnertime. At least I was only 10 minutes late.
"This page intentionally left blank." I'm sure I'll have more details to talk about later. For the time being, though, I'm going to be gentlemanly and keep the specifics of my date from being archived on the internet forever, and stick to talking about my diet and exercise.