Hi all! I'm brand new here, and I'm wrapping up day 1 of phase 1! So far so good, just a mild headache. I aim to lose 20 lbs or so, and to have more energy.
This forum is excellent and I've been reading it for a week--I've Googled my questions every which way and for the most part, got every answer I was looking for right here. So, thank you.
I do have some issues, though, and if anybody has some advice I'd appreciate it.
I'm not going to go crazy with recipes on Phase 1 because it's just me and my 4 yo son in the house, a.k.a. Mr. Picky. I don't want to bother making big meals for myself, since I'm not a huge fan of leftovers--dinner every night for me will be a simple protein with tons of veggies (and beans!). So any ideas for very simply prepared foods would be welcome, if any of you went that route. I intend to get my beans in. But I'm not a huge bean eater so what can I do, easily, with canned beans to make them tasty enough?
Additionally, I've had the bad habit--forever--of not really eating much before 4 p.m. Coffee and water all day long, then I'd eat anything I wanted, all night long--unhealthy dinner (or two!), all types of sweets and snacks, right up til bedtime. I'd get all my eating in between 4 p.m. and midnight.
I have a very hard time forcing myself to eat earlier in the day. I choked down eggs and veggies for breakfast and it took me like an hour. Then I wasn't hungry for lunch but forced down a small chicken salad anyway. Every bite I ate up until dinnertime was really a struggle. Will this get better? Through habit, can I become a person who eats "normally"? Truly, I think it's my biggest stumbling block and if anything will derail me, it's this.
Lastly, silly question. I feel/am overweight, but not significantly so. Generally, do people lose less in Phase 1 when they don't have so much to lose? I see a lot of people talking about really big losses in Phase 1 but I don't know if that would apply to me, and I don't want to get my hopes up too much. (Although I've measured myself and I'll be giving those numbers more attention than the numbers on the scale.)
Thanks for reading my novel here, if you've made it this far! I hope to be around here with you all for a long time!