Well, here we are on day 1! I made it through the the first day of the 21DSD (at level 1), but it was not easy. Before I launch into what may sound like a festival of complaints, I am proud that I overcame all the challenges that surfaced on this, the first day -- and the pride I feel now for making it through the day supersedes the frustration and angst I felt when faced with these earlier challenges.
My first obstacle was that I woke up this morning with a bit of a crick in my back - I must have slept funny, and I've been sore all day as a result. When I turn my head to the left, I feel a painful pinch in my left shoulder blade. I've been "painfully" aware (ha) of this ache in my back all day, and it has not been a good distraction.
My next obstacle was the sunflower seeds I chose as a snack this morning. B did not buy them shelled, hence not very conducive for productivity. Between trying to shuck the seeds with my teeth and then remove/spit out the shell, I couldn't easily stay focused on work. All in all, it seems like a lot of work to get to that little seed. I think tomorrow I'll pack almonds instead of sunflower seeds.
The third challenge was the shaky hunger that began for me around 3:30 this afternoon. I felt fine up until that point, and when the hunger hit, I felt a little worried - after all this is only the first day! I should be riding novelty wave and not feeling this way, right? Wrong. I solved the problem by snacking on cheese, and will have to remind myself that the foods on the 'yes/no' list (including cheese!) are unrestricted in quantity, so I need to pack extra food when I'm at work so I don't fall over hungry. It also made me feel better that, when I later revisited the "what to expect" section of the book, Diane Sanfillipo (21DSD uthor) said that these feelings are not uncommon on day one, so I feel validated at least.
All in all, I made it through the day, so that = success. I've chosen to copy the "daily success log" from Diane's book here in my blog - here's what Day 1 looked like for me. I also tracked my food intake via a favorite wellness app of mine, MyFitnessPal.
Time Went to Bed Last night: 11 pm
Time I Got Up This Morning: 7 am
How I felt when I woke up (excellent, good, fair, poor): poor - awful pain in my back!
General Mood/Energythroughout the day (excellent, good, fair, poor): fair - that darn pain in my back!
Exercise (type/duration): Yoga class, 60 minutes. This helped alleviate some of my back pain,.
Breakfast: 3 Egg white muffins (recipe here) - with some modifications (I added onion, black olives, and garlic). I made a batch of these last night, so I'll be eating them all week.
Lunch: Salad with chicken (cooked last night), salsa and sour cream, and a green banana
Dinner: Grilled Mexican Lime chicken (courtesy of B, recipe here) and salsa, 1/2 cup black beans with cheese
Snacks: Those annoying sunflower seeds, 1 mini babybel cheese round
Water Intake: 6 glasses