It's harder than it looks to follow a food plan exactly, at least for me. I planned a lunch that was too big. I forgot to use my hummus as a dip for my veggies with my snack so I ended up throwing it out and not eating it. I came home from my evening class hungry, grabbed my dinner, and forgot the apple that was a part of that meal. I guess I need to actually look at the food plan before I eat.
Weighing in today was fun: I was down a pound and a half. I knew I would be down because I felt lighter.
I inadvertently ended up doing the hunger experiment that Beck suggests dieters do in Stage 1. Because I had my lunch kind of early and didn't end up having the hummus, the most filling part of my planned afternoon snack, by 4:00 I was already hungry and I was not going to eat again until after class at 9:30. I did just fine. I went to the breakroom to make myself a cup of tea and there was a cake in there. At any other time, I would have had a piece because I was hungry even though that kind of decorated store cake is not my favorite. I knew I'd be disappointed in myself if I had some, though, so I got my tea and walked out of there. I kept busy and really didn't think about the cake again. Like Beck says, I would periodically feel hungry for a few minutes but it would go away. I got a bottle of water from the vending machine before class but wasn't tempted to get anything from the snack machine. It felt good to realize that I could do this. Of course, when I got home I didn't do a great job of "eating slowly, enjoying every bite." But I did take the time to change out of my work clothes before getting something to eat so it's not like I ran right for the refrigerator.
The skills I had some trouble with: Eating slowly, calming down before I ate (not that I was upset, but I didn't consciously think about calming down), and following my plan precisely.
On to Day 2. I have to go to the store because as I was planning my food for the day, I realized I have nothing much to eat here.