Diary of a Down Day

19 May

Oh god, not another dreaded diet post…..

Yesterday was a ‘down day’ and by golly, was it tough.   I had 420 calories to eat, for the entire day.  Just for comparison, a Happy Meal, with 4 McNuggets, small fry and small milk, is 520.    So you know, 420 is brutal. 

Here’s what a Down Day looks like for me:

Breakfast – Water, multivitamin, iron, rice cake – 35 calories

Lunch – Apples, 2 Wasa crackerbreads, Light Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge (Swiss), Iced Tea – 105 calories

Snack – Wasa, Laughing Cow (Garlic & Herb), Watermelon, Iced Tea – 65 calories

Dinner – Fat Free Hot Dog, Light Whole-Grain Bun, Light Lays, Ketchup, Caffeine Free Diet Coke – 190 calories

Snack – Sugar Free Fudgesicle – 35 calories

Total Calories – 430 (over by 10 cals)

As you can see, the amount of food isn’t staggeringly small.   But with such a small base, you have to carefully allot for those foods that will be the most satisfying. 

Today, on the other hand, I don’t have to live like an anorexic.  It’s an Up Day and, in theory, I can eat whatever I’d like.  

It won't be a Happy Meal, that's for damn sure.

Realistically though, I won’t.   #1, because I hate to diminish the good I did yesterday.  No sense in starving yourself for 24 hours, just to binge like crazy the next.  #2, because ironically, when the food world is yours for the taking, nothing seems good enough.  The internal monologue goes like this:

 “Oh my god, it’s an up day.  I can eat whatever I want.  What do I want?  What would be the most delicious thing I could have, right now?  ……  Jeez, nothing sounds that great.  I don’t know.  Fine, I’ll grab some scrambled eggs from the cafeteria and hope inspiration strikes for lunch.”

Guess what? Inspiration doesn’t strike at lunch.  Dinner is better, but not nearly as yummy as you imagined the down day before.   Meal suggestions, anyone?


One Response to “Diary of a Down Day”

  1. asunw May 19, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    lol, Ya gotta love how things seem so amazing but then really aren’t all that great. =)

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