OK, finishing up for the night. 10:00pm EST and didn't cave in though I wanted to a couple of times. The one thing I immediately recognized is that the hunger was really psychological because I had no real hunger pains. They were just cravings. Today I really wanted chips and salsa for some reason. Not for the hunger because if someone had offered me something other than that, I wouldn't have taken it. Proof that it wasn't hunger, it was a craving.
When I think of how often I used to eat for instant gratification rather than hunger, it's so depressing, but I realize I'm making the necessary changes to correct that. For those going through the same thing, I have to say from someone who has started and failed fasts time and again. I always told myself ok I'll just start tomorrow, and then tomorrow I ate so I said, OK I'll start tomorrow and so on and so on. Each and every time I ate, I felt worse about an hour later because the instant gratification and the failure set in. I am determined to make it and I really hope I can this time and this journal I think is helping me to do that. There is actual a published document of my journey, so if I fail, there will be a permanent record of that and I can't let that happen.
Today, no real negative symptoms. There was a brief period today about thirty minutes that I felt a little shaky, but that quickly passed and was fine.