Sugar Wars: Day 8

Lemon Meringue Pie

Got on the scale this morning. It told me I was down 3.4 pounds.

That’s not to be expected as a typical drop, but neither is it alarming in the first week of a major eating overhaul, especially when combined with a concerted effort to get my 10K steps in daily.

Pretty sure my caloric intake has dropped by up to half, four out of seven days. That’s…rather a lot more than I expected. I figured, like, a quarter, perhaps, but no. I’m really pretty sure I’m looking at 30-50%. No wonder I’m so goddamn fat.

Anyway, I need to stock up on more non-sugar-based snack foods, because my DEAR GOD I NEED SOME COOKIES is really more about DEAR GOD I NEED SOME CALORIES. I managed to deduce that this evening, before dinner, when, writing down what I’d eaten in the 10 hours I’d been up, I came up with…slightly less than 600 calories. That was Not Enough. No wonder I was dying for cookies or ice cream. I needed some goddamn *food*.

I’m still way the hell short of a reasonable intake tonight, which of course kind of leaves me going “…so *why* can’t I have some ice cream…?” (The answer to this is “because I have no self-restraint, and a drop becomes a flood.”)

One way or another I’ve survived a week of this crap without blowing it in any estimable way, and I’ve been rewarded by the scale for my efforts. My primary goal right now is to return to the weight I was six months ago, ideally before the thighs give out in my one pair of jeans so that I can possibly justify buying at least the same, if not a smaller, size. Odds are that it’ll take more than the minimum 3 more weeks of doing this that I’ve got planned.

Don’t worry. I plan to complain publicly like this the whole way through.

4 Comments


  1. I downloaded a food diary app several weeks ago. Many, many brands and types of food are preloaded–I think it’s this massive food-wiki compiled by users–but I can also scan barcodes of packaged foods to enter nutritional info instantly. It helped me keep track of types of food, which almost always nudged me toward more veggies.


    1. For me that’s ultimately one step too many, a thing I won’t do and which will put me off. It doesn’t help that frequently those apps (not necessarily yours, but many of them) are so US-centric that they’re borderline useless here, but mostly for me it’s just that I can’t handle even one extra bit of ‘help’ like that. :)


      1. I mostly did it to see how close my estimate of daily calories was to the actual count. Turned out I was pretty close, on average. But I agree that it would likely be US-centric…though it did have McVities Digestive Biscuits!


  2. I downloaded a food diary app several weeks ago. Many, many brands and types of food are preloaded–I think it’s this massive food-wiki compiled by users–but I can also scan barcodes of packaged foods to enter nutritional info instantly. It helped me keep track of types of food, which almost always nudged me toward more veggies.

    Apologies if this shows up more than once. I tried entering it via Safari, which kept dropping the connection.

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