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Whatever gets you through the night...s'alright, s'alright.

If you don't follow on Facebook, I'm "dieting." I don't really like that word, so I'll say I'm changing my lifestyle, indefinitely. It probably should be permanently.

Sleeping gets me through the night (referring to Mr. Lennon's lyrics), but I'm surprised at what is getting me through the days. I like to eat, so I've chosen as many low calorie snacks as I can to fill my desk cupboard at work. I feel like I've been eating all day. Here's what I got at Odd Lots the other day for a total of $38:

24 Gerber Graduates Chewy Granola Bars (Strawberry and Apple Cinnamon)                                        80 calories
8   Gerber Graduates Dairy Drinks (basically skim milk juice boxes with vitamins a la slimfast)        140 calories 
10 Stretch Island Fruit Leather (Grape)                                                                                                              45 calories
2   Chicken of the Sea Vac-Pac tuna                                                                                                                   80 calories
2   Canned Crabmeat                                                                                                                                            70 calories
Triscuits                                                                                                                                                               20 cal each
Wheat Thins                                                                                                                                                        16/140 cal
9   Motts Applejuice boxes (for toddlers)                                                                                                            50 calories
32 Diet Snapple Drink packets                                                                                                                            10 calories
V-8 Six pack                                                                                                                                                        70/can
2  Powerbar Pria                                                                                                                                                   110 calories
2  Kashi Go Lean Bars                                                                                                                                        290 calories
Kashi Mountain Medley Granola                                                                                 
Kashi Cinnamon Pillows

I know it must be weird, but I buy baby snacks. The portions are smaller and allow for more variety, and they usually have a lack of nasty additives and more vitamins added than grown up food. I've actually bought twenty-five cent jars of baby food (fruit) and kept them at my desk to stir into my instant oatmeal - it's GREAT.

My staple and most satisfying food to eat has been the tuna, a half packet of mayo and one hard boiled egg. It's 200 calories, and I think I even got a little bit of a protein high after eating it. Baked Potatoes and SPICY salsa on top has been great too - also in the 200 calorie neighborhood. So the idea of eating either of these things more than once a day leaves me feeling like I AM allowed to eat. And I feel better than if I grabbed a ninety-nine cent junior cheeseburger deluxe at Wendys.

The canned crab is NASTY - way too fishy tasting. I got the mayo to try to doctor it up, but it is just too smelly for words. The tuna, however, is very good. I am saving the Kashi bars for when I ride my bike or hike or something, just because I'd rather not "spend" 300 calories on a candy bar when I can eat something on a plate. And the Kashi cereals are really good to mix together for breakfast, especially with greek yogurt.

Bottom line is, I DON'T FEEL CHEATED. I feel like I can do this. And those little Snapple packets have me drinking 2-3 times more water each day. I have also made a rule that I can't have my coffee until I drink a bottle of water. Two weeks ago, my entire fluid intake consisted of coffee and milk!

Next order of business is to start a more challenging exercise regimen. So far it's just the bike, treadmill and some yoga. I'd like to run...
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