5 Day Pouch Test – completed!
I can’t believe that I made it and don’t feel remarkably deprived. On top of that, I’m actually content. It’s not like I’m thinking, “Well, I’m going to go back to Combos and nachos on Saturday.” I don’t want to, which feels almost miraculous.
Days 4 and 5 went fine. The only off-plan food that appeared regularly was cheese, but I limited myself to just one piece (slice or string cheese). Oh, and I licked mashed potatoes off the mixing spoon on Day 4. I’m not one of those people who’s all, “Oh my god I ate one thing off my plan and now everything is going to go to hell because this is a sign that I have no self control, blargh bleh schmeh blech.” I just wanted the taste, had it, and was done with it. Will I have mashed potatoes again in my life? But of course. Regularly? No.
What I’ve gained most is some understanding about what I can and cannot have around. Carbs are my weakness. I’m not a fan of the “cutting carbs is the best way to lose weight zomg!” way of thinking. I need to cut carbs the way someone else needs to cut sweets or someone else needs to cut soda. Whether crunchy like nacho chips or soft and mushy like potatoes, rice, and bread, I love my carbs, love love love. But they don’t love me. I end up hungry quickly and then just head for more. I know this. The key now is to live my life accordingly.
I feel in control, but I know this control will ebb and flow throughout life. However, I feel like I’ve stemmed the lack of self-control flood that’s been going on for the past 3 1/2 years. I really want to stick with this and get back to the healthy lifestyle I had in 2005 . . . and I think I’m on track.
Today I had so much energy after work that I cleaned and rearranged our second bedroom (pseudo-office, future baby’s room maybe) – a project I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of months now. Welcome back energy!! I can’t wait to welcome back my old clothes, but that’ll take a while. I’ll accept feeling better for now because it feels great.