Weight Loss Support - day 2 and i feel like giving up already!

08-20-2012, 01:20 PM
It's day two of my weight loss journey and i woke up today feeling like I wanted to give up. I'm already craving a pepsi! How can I get pass this? It's only day two and I feel like this!!!! I haven't given up yet! For breakfast I ate two boiled eggs, 3 small turkey sausage links and some cherry tomatoes. I'm trying not to think about food but its consuming my mind!!!!! ughhhh!! Any advice?

08-20-2012, 01:24 PM
You know, when a person starts a diet, one of two things can happen: you can experience appetite suppression, where you suddenly aren't hungry very much, OR, your brain can try to trick you into craving things that are on your 'do not eat' list.

If you are serious about losing weight, you just have to ride it out. Sugar cravings will pass (think of it as detoxing as you would detox from nicotine/drugs/alcohol) and it will get easier.

Don't let your reptile brain be the boss of you!

ETA: educating yourself is a great thing to do. I recommend "The End of Overeating" by David Kessler. It's great and very informative about the stuff that happens in your brain when you eat/crave sugary and fatty foods. If you understand what is going on in your brain, it can empower you to resist it.

08-20-2012, 01:43 PM
What DietVet said. It's HARD when you go from "sugar throughout the day all day every day to caloric excess" to "amount of food and nutritional balance required to sustain a non-overweight adult." It's like starting all over again every time I go to a party and overeat, or come back from vacation, or anything like that - but it gets easier and you can learn to love bitter greens and chicken breast and eschew Pepsi for nature's candy (fruit) - takes time and whatnot but the results are worth it!!!

08-20-2012, 01:47 PM
I would add that you make sure you're drinking lots of water. Good luck! It is hard. I recently kicked my diet Pepsi habit. It was HARD. But now, I feel so much better knowing I'm not ingesting all kinds of chemicals.

08-20-2012, 02:54 PM
Drink some Diet Pepsi if you need that Pepsi fix. Eat some green vegetables to fill your stomach and take away some of that empy feeling. I'd rather have a few extra calories from some broccoli than to have ordered a large pizza in a weak moment. Get out of the house if possible and/or get busy doing something to take your mind off food. Also, not that you are, but being idle inside your house is just a recipe for a binge. Lastly, make sure that "trigger foods" aren't in the house and they won't be a temptation.

Good luck!

08-20-2012, 03:46 PM
Don't be surprised if you get a headache ... very common.

Also I second you drinking diet soda if you're craving a soda. Dispite what a few well meaning people on this site will tell you a diet soda will not affect your weight loss.

08-20-2012, 04:06 PM
Don't be surprised if you get a headache ... very common.

Also I second you drinking diet soda if you're craving a soda. Dispite what a few well meaning people on this site will tell you a diet soda will not affect your weight loss.

That is true, but I found that even diet sodas contribute to that headachy feeling after a while. But I suppose the op can deal with that after she gets over this yucky hump :)

08-20-2012, 04:10 PM
Just remember that the first week is always the hardest!

08-20-2012, 04:13 PM
Agree with tricon7 and JohnP. You don't need a caffine withdrawal headache in additon to everything else.

As you have some success with your weight loss, you will probably become more interested in clean eating and getting rid of the "chemicals". Just don't try to do everything at once.

Also, think about adding more veggies to your breakfast. For instance, one cup of steamed stir-fry veggies has 40 calories. I don't love them, but I eat them because they are filling.

I make a breakfast meal with 2 small corn tortillas, topped with two eggs [my eggs are extra small- you might want to use only one large egg], and a pile of the above mentioned veggies with additional onions. Crumble your sausage and mix it into the veggies. I put a measured tablespoon of fat free plain yogurt on top. According to FitDay, my version comes out to just under 300 calories. Of the different things I have tried, this has been the most "long lasting" and it tastes really good - I put hot sauce on it, but you can experiment with seasoning.

Good luck, and don't get discouraged. Also remember, that we 3FCs all have strong opinions [expecially me]. You need to find what works for you.

Lori Bell
08-20-2012, 06:12 PM
You have received some good advice, but I would also like to add... You just need to tell yourself that giving up is not an option. Every day you "give up" is another day (or more depending on how badly that you blow it) of being overweight. How long do you feel like living in an overweight body? How many more days/months/years do you want to spend potentially miserable? Seriously, a pespi fix is not worth denying yourself of being fit and fabulous. No food is worth being fat... period. :) Hang in there.

08-20-2012, 07:43 PM
^ This. Seriously.

It's so much more than physical. You have to remind yourself of WHY you want to lose weight and use that as your strength to pull from. Not every day is going to be so hard, and not every day is going to be easy either, but every day that you DON'T give up is one day that you are a healthier version of yourself.

08-20-2012, 08:33 PM
I love diet Pepsi a lot more than regular Pepsi - it's just as good as the sugary kind, in its own way. If you really want a diet drink and it'll help curb some of your cravings, definitely go for it. The beginning is always hard but it DOES GET EASIER, I promise.

BTW I'm one of those people that absolutely cannot do diet drinks. They stall me. Can't even look at them. So, there are some of us that just can't. There are no absolutes in dieting. Some things work for some people, some don't, but everything doesn't work for everyone equally and I cannot have diet soft drinks (or any artificial (or real) sweeteners) or fruit. Yay, lucky me. :( It's OK though, life goes on.

08-20-2012, 09:47 PM
BTW I'm one of those people that absolutely cannot do diet drinks. They stall me.

Not to get this thread off track I have sent you a PM.

08-20-2012, 09:49 PM
Kami, hang in there! The first few days are by far the hardest. I'm with those that say have a diet pepsi, if it helps you get through the day easier. I didn't find it had any impact on my weight loss but as others have said, we're different and some of us are more sensitive to the artificial sweetner in these drinks. I'd say if you want to ease off of diet soft drinks you could try a gradual approach than the all or nothing. I loved my regular soft drinks (especially orange soda). Once I started drinking all diet, I could't stand the regular soft drinks - too sweet. I eventually lost my regular desire for diet sodas after trading them out for flavored waters and green tea and now they are so strong my eyes water when I drink them (I can usually only have 4-6 ounces and small sips at that). Give it time, your body will adjust. I just wish my body would respond similarly to potato chips and Krispy Kreme doughnuts!

08-20-2012, 10:27 PM
It's hard to say no to ourselves. We live in a country where we can have what we want when we want. Don't give in, you will be so upset with yourself if you do. Take it one moment at a time, then work on one day, one week.. etc. You CAN do this. You are stronger than your cravings!

08-21-2012, 12:47 AM
I feel ya! It's super hard in the beginning! I drove all the way to Starbucks ths morning before I remembered that mochas aren't an approved diet food ugggg. Keep at it and good luck!

08-21-2012, 12:51 AM
The journey to a healthy lifestyle is a long one, full of pitfalls, successes and things that do or do not work.

The best advice I can give, is, have patience, listen to your body, sometimes you need to step out of your mind, and quit listening to all the NOISE!

Some days will be good, some not so good, but with patience, and trial and error, you will find what works for you!

Journal your food, exercise and thoughts on the whole process and once a month go back over all you've written down, it can be a great insight!

This journey is not always easy, but so worth it!

I looked for every excuse in the world to NOT go workout after work today, but not one held any water, so I worked out, because I did not have a good excuse and I knew that once I got going I'd be glad I did, and it turns out I was right!:D

Hang in there! And have a diet pepsi! Love the stuff!:D

08-21-2012, 06:17 AM
I attempted to kick my diet soda habit when I started my "diet" and after about a week I was miserable and had bad headaches (no caffeine) and was really sluggish. I also decided that I wasn't on a diet but a lifestyle change and soda really wasn't something I wanted to give up. I crave the fizz and caffeine too much. So I started drinking it again and boy did things get easier to manage

I'd Definately suggest trying out some diet sodas and see how that helps. you could be experiencing sugar or caffeine widthdrawls. for me it was caffeine.

08-21-2012, 09:07 AM
Have a big bowl of watermelon. It's sweet, it'll fill you up, and it won't add weight to your scale tomorrow morning.

08-22-2012, 12:39 AM
This thread was EXACTLY what I needed to see today. Thank you everyone for taking the time to comment. Not only did it likely help the OP, but I imagine there were lots of others, like me, who got tremendous benefit from it. Lori, your words particularly hit me. They are going on my computer desk at work for the next donut day!

Mer du Japon
08-22-2012, 05:45 AM
Have a big bowl of watermelon. It's sweet, it'll fill you up, and it won't add weight to your scale tomorrow morning.

Mmm watermelon sounds so good right now!

OP, hang in there. No one ever said weight loss was easy. That's why it's a billion dollar industry. Don't quit now, you'll only be full of regret if you do.

My Michelle
08-22-2012, 10:58 AM
Also, know that it *will* get easier. There is light at the end of the tunnel, sometimes you just have to gut it out at the start!