Actually, I didn’t even have any broccoli, but the point stands.  As I’ve been looking back on my handy dandy, available anywhere diet journal (otherwise known as this comic right here), one thing I noticed is the lack of enthusiasm I’ve begun to display regarding my daily intake.  In the old days (old days?!?  This is only strip 76!), I used to wax poetic about my foodstuffs and looked at dealing with meals I didn’t prepare as a challenge.  If I could shave 50 calories at a restaurant, that made my day.

Now, however, food is a source of stress.  Diet fatigue.


Food is a blessing!  It’s a joy!  I love, love, love to cook!  Just because I no longer prepare the fatted calf, and instead settle for the fat-free half, is no reason to act as if the simple act of nourishing one’s body is a burden.  It’s important to enjoy my food, and enjoy the planning that goes into it… and that is what I intend to do, so let’s run the numbers!

Food Intake:

  • Breakfast – Granola bar – 150 calories
  • Morning snack – Fiber bar – 90 calories
  • Lunch – Grand Traverse Pie Co Boxed Lunch – 500 calories
  • Dinner – Baked chicken, salad, wasabi potatoes – 700 calories
  • Evening Snack – Junior Mints (!!) – 340 calories

1780 calories total!  Not bad, my friends, not bad!  Again, I’m supposed to be targeting 2000 cals, but when I went to go grab a banana, it was… brown.  I promise to go shopping tonight though!

Lunch was an interesting surprise.  I knew I had a lunch meeting and assumed it would be the usual tray of wraps or half-sammiches, so I’d be free to nibble and maintain my caloric target.  Instead they dropped the following in my place:

  • 1 Bottle water – okay… no worries there…
  • 1 Turkey Cheddar Sandwich on wheat – good… but let me scrape off some of this freaking mayo
  • Small side salad with craisons and a wee bit of feta – Craisons?!?  Ick… oh wait… those are kinda tasty…
  • Big dish of fresh croutons on the side – on the side is good… don’t have to eat on the side…
  • cup of raspberry dressing – okay… I’m sure the calories weren’t bad, but raspberries are the devil’s berry, so I pass thank you very much…
  • 1 pack Lays potato chips – Uh oh…
  • 1 slice of pie – well, crap-a-doodle-doo!

I was quite concerned about this cornucopia of calorically-laden comestibles until I remembered that “oh yeah… I’m an adult.”  I don’t actually have to eat it if I don’t want to, so I passed the croutons, salad dressing and chips on to the center of the table, and set the pie aside to give to one of my coworkers after the meeting.

Now, I like to think that had it been a slice of pecan pie, or blueberry pie (or apple or banana cream or…whatever) that I would have still given the pie away.  However, in the spirit of full disclosure, it was cherry pie.  Cherry pie is the devil of pies… no… that’s rhubarb… cherry is the minor demon of pies.  I don’t care for it, so it was no big deal giving it away.  But it still counts!

The chicken was good.  I actually used a liberal amount of Bone Suckin’ Poultry Seasoning to give it a slightly different flavor from my usual baked chicken.  Wasabi potatoes are always good, of course, but the salad… that was extra good!

Lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and walnuts

My usual shredded lettuce with green peppers and tomatoes fresh from the garden.  The walnuts tossed in just made it perfect.  I also took the opportunity to try out one of the new yogurt dressings I bought.  It was a Bolthouse Farms blue cheese, and I got to tell you, it was mighty tasty!

Now… the Jr. Mints.  They were good.  I had actually planned to snack on some crackers, hummus and a fudgicle which at least offer some nutrients in exchange for their calories, but Laurie showed up with the box in hand, and I thought that it was a good time for something different.  An indulgence without damaging the diet.  I’m okay with that!


Does sleeping in count?  No?  Bummer… I seem to be back in to ‘wake up at 3am and don’t fall back to sleep’ mode, so I just could not drag myself out of bed for the walk in.  On the plus side, I did fall asleep for about an hour at 5:30, so I maintain that it was worth it!