I took my last drops on Tuesday morning. I went to the gym in the morning (before taking the drops) and only had 476 calories for the day. When I was lying in bed on Tuesday night my stomach started growling. It startled me, actually, because I haven’t heard that noise in quite awhile! But even though my stomach was rumbling, I didn’t feel any hunger. When I woke up Wednesday morning I had lost half a pound.
Wednesday was my first full day without the drops. After work I went to the gym, and I was pretty hungry by the time I got home. I decided I wanted a steak. I was craving red meat. Did you know that 4 oz of steak and 1 cup of onions is 300 calories?? I didn’t either, until I put it in my fitness tracker. So Wednesday I ended up eating closer to 650 calories, and on Thursday morning I had gained half a pound.
It has been so long since I have felt really hungry that when I started having hunger pangs around noon, about an hour before I usually take lunch, I thought I was getting my period again! Seriously! Then I realized that I was just hungry. Starving, actually. I had a big glass of water and managed to wait until 1 to eat. I finished my leftover steak and onions for lunch, and then I had strawberries for a snack about an hour before I was planning to go to the gym, just like Andre said.
At the gym I had done half an hour on the arc trainer when my stomach started hurting. Oh no, not this again, I thought. I stopped exercising immediately, went down to the lockers and sat and drank some water, and then I was fine. For dinner I had chicken and celery soup. My total calories for the day was 610. This morning I was down half a pound.
In retrospect it probably wasn’t a good idea to go to the gym once I stopped taking the drops, considering I’m still only eating 550(ish) calories per day and I’m burning nearly 400 calories on the arc trainer. I think I’m going to skip the gym after work today and instead go grocery shopping so I’ll be prepared for tomorrow, my first day of 1,400 calories per day.