Day 1 of the military diet was surprisingly easy. I had no issues sticking to the meal plan. There was even an apple listed on the dinner menu that I didn’t eat!
A small breakfast isn’t a big deal for me. I get up early for work and usually can’t stomach much before 7:00am anyway.
I was allowed to have my hot tea (which I drink almost every morning) so I was pretty happy. To go along with the tea, I had a piece of toast with peanut-butter smeared on it. I didn’t measure the peanut-butter, but I think it was less than recommended 2 tablespoons. 2 tablespoons of peanut-butter is a lot for a little piece of toast so I saved some calories right there!
The last part of breakfast was an orange. I actually cut this up at home and took the individual slices to work in a little baggie. This was my mid-morning snack.
I had no issues waiting for lunch, although the oranges as a snack did helped tide me over.
Lunch was another cup of tea (Yeah!) a piece of toast (ugh) and a can of chicken (kind of gross).
I drained the can of chicken – removing all of that cloudy water (ick!) and added some salt and pepper. I desperately wanted to add some mayo or mustard but I remained in control and stuck to the diet. I ended up putting the chicken on top of the toast – that actually made it taste a bit better. On the plus side -I was actually full after this meal!
Day 1 dinner consists of 3oz of any kind of meat and 1 cup of green beans.
The meat I chose was chicken. I measured out 3 oz, salt and peppered it, then pan fired it in a little bit of olive oil. It was actually pretty good.
Next, I got some fresh green beans and blanched them. Then I added 1 tablespoon of butter, creole seasoning, and salt and pepper . They were delicious!
Okay, I know – olive oil and butter aren’t on the list. But it was a necessity. Besides I used such a small amount it barely even counts (and I didn’t eat all the required peanut butter). Listen to me, you can rationalize anything….
Usually I get home from work first and make dinner for my husband. Initially I wasn’t quite sure what to do since I was on this diet. He’s a pretty good sport, but there was no way he would be satisfied with a only a tiny piece of chicken and some green beans for dinner. I ended up making some instant mashed potatoes for him. Not eating those potatoes was one of the hardest things I have had to do. Now that is dedication.
Dinner was actually really good. Probably all due to the rebel olive oil and butter. I also felt satisfied. Not full, but satisfied.
This is the trouble area for me.
Breakfast and Lunch are a breeze. I’m usually so busy at work that I don’t have time to think about eating. I get really hungry for dinner, but the day 1 dinner was enough to satisfy that.
It’s after dinner that I run into the real issues. It’s that time when I get to relax and catch up on my favorite TV shows that I get into trouble. I just have this insatiable urge to snack. I’m not particularly hungry, but the cravings get unbearable. Maybe it’s the constant food commercials or the cooking shows that we always seem to end up watching…
Thankfully this diet includes dessert! I loved my bowl of ice-cream. It was just the thing I needed. I considered chopping up the apple and nuking it in the microwave to create some sort of poor-man’s apple pie but that ended up being too much work. (Yes I was that lazy).
Instead I ate my bowl of ice-cream and a couple hours later ate the half of banana. I didn’t even eat the apple! I wasn’t hungry enough for it.
Overall day 1 went really well. It was enough food, usually tasty (with the exception of that chicken at lunch), and left me feeling satisfied.
Weight Loss: 1 pound
Woohoo! 1 pound. Now I know that is nothing amazing and a long way off from the 10 pounds in 3 days promise, but it still makes me pretty excited.
Stay tuned for day 2!