Well that wasn't so bad, got within 100 calories of the lower daily calorie limit as recommended by the BMI calculator with judicious use of the calorie counter and pushing the food I didn't 'need' straight off the plate and in the bin.
Just as an aside, the food I am binning amounts to over 3000 calories! That includes 2 hash browns, 2 pancakes, 2 boiled eggs, piles of rice and potatoes (more carbs with your carbs Sir?!?) 2 puddings, 2 cans of fizzy pop and a carton of fruit juice and normally a second choice dinner portion. Scary when I counted it up.
Water intake was good through the day, our drinking water comes in handy little 330 ml bottles, so I'm aiming for a minimum of 8 of those a day. 2.6 lt is a little more than the ideal but seeing as it's already over 32 degrees C here in the desert I think I will sweat out some of the extra. I think because I am consciously scheduling the water intake it's helping me feel full for longer, I haven't had any hunger pangs or sense that I'm missing out, or dare I say it 'on a diet'. That's a really positive sign for me as I am relatively compulsive and can give in a bit too easily if I am feeling peckish.
All in all still feeling very positive and hoping that will build as the days tick over. Not having a scale to hand was a bit of a concern as I won't be able to measure my progress, but I have decided that I will just go off body measurements the first 5 weeks (as that's how long I'm away from home) then add weight to the mix when I get home. I can bring a scale back with me to finish off the 12 weeks.
Only low point was I had scheduled in some dedicated exercise time after my shift but ended up missing it as I met up with an old colleague I hadn't seen in years and we spent the time catching up. Will do it today instead.
P.S Apologies if my prattling away is boring anyone, sharing the experience seems to be helping me stay committed! If I go silent for a couple of days either my satellite internet has gone down or I've been bad!