Monday, September 21, 2009

Day 2 of the Hunger Challenge

Well, the second day went well enough and I came in at $3.46 total for the day.

Breakfast: cereal, coffee, soy milk
Lunch: 3.5-ounce serving of pasta salad, yogurt, and water with lemon juice (lemon tree at home)
Dinner: 2-ounce serving of pasta salad and 1/2 lunchmeat sandwich (for some variety) and water

The cereal was, once again, dreadfully awful - nasty taste, and that awful intestinal feeling that some might confuse with a feeling of being "full". I'm seriously developing a sense of dislike for whomever makes this nameless-brand crap and sells it. And I'm sorry that people even have to choose this crap as a meal.

But today brought some introspection with it. This was the first day of the Challenge where I was at work. Since work entails periods of boredom - periods often alleviated by going out and grabbing a snack that brought an awareness of everything that wasn't open to me: restaurants, pretty much anything from the nearby snack shop, and being in control of hunger.

Often, if I'm feeling hungry, a quick trip to the snack shop (or the cupboard at home) for a handful of nuts or some potato chips or a 3 Musketeers bar was all that was needed. Now, those things were all off limits. Instead: water, lots of water, and walking.

Friends and co-workers have been very supportive. Many of them not believing they could do it. But another thing this Challenge is showing me is that it is possible to live (fairly healthily) on much less than I thought. It does certainly eliminate many things - like lunch/dinner with friends.

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