Thanks to everyone for the kindness and support.
WorkInProcess: I think you're kind of quick to make assumptions. I was not lead astray, and I did do all my research and prep but I just was not expecting to be so sick of this so early. If this is your idea of helping, thanks but no thanks.
I read through some other posts and saw where someone mentioned thinned out chili, and another where someone suggested ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese, so I combined the two for a fabulous savory option! I tried a very small portion and super slowly to see how it would sit and I am happy to say it worked well & was very satisfying!
I am committed to making a stronger effort to get the fluids in & will try some of these suggestions. As I find little improvements, it changes my overall attitude and I am sure that in time I will be better. Thanks again for your help & kind words.